Introduction: Check Valve From Bottles and a Table Tennis Ball

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ever wanted to presurize your water bottle rocket and couldn't find anything to stop the air from going out? ever wanted to transfer water or air from one place to another the easy way ? well you better try this !

Step 1: The Idea + Materials

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the whole idea behind it is to easiely transfre air or water to one direction While stopping them from going to another, that way you can have a brake in the middle of the transfer without having to hold a folded hose or stick your thumb up some hole (:p).

how does it work ?
well it's quite simple, when transferring the air (or water) pushes the ball up (thats why we use a really light ball), passes around it and gets out the other end. when air (or water) tries to go the other way the ball is pressed to the bottle creating a seal.
notice : the air (or water) flow can move only in one direction - upwards, and the system works only when held in an up-right position with the O-ring at the bottom side ( you can put O-rings on both sides so it won't matter which is bottom ) !

so, to make this you will need these materials :

1. 2x plastic bottles ( without any paterns near the cap )
2. 1x table tennis ball
3. cutting tool
5. epoxy glue ( super or crazy glue arn't meant to seal stuff )
6. optinal : for maximum sealing use an O-ring (*)

(*) to know what diameter to use - after cutting the bottle (accotding to the next steps) put the ball in the top side of the bottle and see where the ball toutches the bottle, then measure the diameter of the bottle at that line (asumin that the inner diameter is clise to the outer diameter) and that is the diameter you need - it doesn't have to be exact becaause the O-ring itself had defferent inner and outer diameters.

Step 2: Preparing

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first thing you need to do is cut the bottles.
it is preferred thar the edge is straight. ( see picturs )
cut the bottles at the straight part and try to cut as straight as possible.
the part you will need is the top.
take one top and make a crack ( as shown in the pictures )( we do this so the bottles would fit inside each other ).

Step 3: Assembly

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prepare some epoxy mixture.

now, take the O-ring ( of you chose to use one ) and glue it ti the inside of one bottlr top. you can press it down with the table tennis ball. ( make sure you dont have any epoxy glue on the inside of the O-ring )

wait for the glue to dry.

test the seal byholding the bottle top with the cap on the bottom, placing the ball on the O-ring and trying to suck air from the cap side.

Step 4: Assembly 2

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after the O-ring is held in place and is perfectly sealed it's time to glue the two bottlr tops.

take the top without the crack and insert the dtreight part of that bottle in the streight part of the cracked bottle, glue and seal them.

dont forget to put the ball inside before gluing !!!

wait for the glue to dry.

Step 5: Test

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take a baloon and strech it over the top cap, inflate in from the boottom cap and hold it in an up-right position. if the baloon stays as it is the system works ! if it shrinks there's a broken seal or a hole in the baloon.


tosun_taha (author)2011-07-25

It works with air but not the water because density of ball is less than of water.

MDude (author)tosun_taha2011-09-06

If turning it upside down doesn't work, you could try filling the ball with water, or just using a denser ball in the first place.

harari (author)tosun_taha2011-07-25

it will work if you set it upside down and connect the inlet to the top and the outlet to the bottom. that way the ball is compressed to the O ring which is on the top and will prevent liquid from traveling backwards.

Futrell (author)2007-08-30

Any word on the thumb? That thing is freaky:)

harari (author)Futrell2007-08-31

I do have relatively big hands and long fingers but not THAT long.. it might be the angle of photography or the shadows caused by the flash creating some kind of optical illusion. interesting ...

cyprian916 (author)harari2011-05-18

I also have big hands but m thumb is not quite that long and i was able to reproduce the illusion seen in your photo. it is just the lighting

butthead95 (author)2009-08-02

it would be really cool if you made it out of that acrylic tubing stuff cuz then it could hol like 100 psi

iProton (author)2009-07-04

Ingenious. I wonder whether it will be able to hold high pressures... 30 psi, maybe?

imthatguy1125 (author)2008-12-19

just use a tire valve and pump

waterrocketsrule (author)2008-04-04

How much presure can it hold

harari (author)waterrocketsrule2008-05-01

i don't really know, i guess it depends on the size, shape, material, glue type and isolation strength...

highmeat (author)2007-03-29

Good valve to use for draining and filling aquariums. I am wondering about his thumb in that last pic, optical illusion or extra long?

darkmotion (author)2007-03-27

You should construct something that can withstand a really high PSI.

Kiteman (author)darkmotion2007-03-27

Make it from bottles designed for fizzy drinks, and it will withstand quite high pressures.

sweavo (author)Kiteman2007-03-29

I think it would lose its strength as soon as you cut & glue...? Very good pics and instructions!

LasVegas (author)2007-03-27

And I didn't say you did or said anything wrong...

armindilo (author)2007-03-27

It's ok ledzeppie, at least I knew you were joking right off the bat! Good instructable!

LasVegas (author)2007-03-26

He actually built the thing and showed us how he did it!

99% of Instructables aren't original thought, but show everyone how to do it themselves.

It's a heck-of-a-lot better than someone taking screenshots from Mythbusters and adding cryptic instructions.

Great Instructable, BTW!

JakeTobak (author)2007-03-26

I take it that you're joking by the "lol" but in case you're not. There are plenty of places he could have gotten the inspiration, like this drink that, while Asian, I've seen in America before:

WesDoesStuff (author)JakeTobak2007-03-26

the pinkish blueish one tastes like bubble gum soda!

MattDurr (author)2007-03-26

i saw it on mythbusters to but its cool how he shows us how to build it

dcshoeco33 (author)2007-03-26

thats cool

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