Step 13: Tubing

The tubing is easy. About 3/8 inch outside diameter (o.d.) flexible silicone tubing works well. I mixed tubing types, and that proved to be a mixed blessing. The stiffer plastic is cheaper, but then I had to put in a section of silicone for the hose clamp. Next time I make one of these, I’ll just get all silicone tubing. It is very durable. I don’t know why I was in such a cheap mood the day I bought different kinds of tubing. Get about ten feet. Clear is good; you can see when the water runs out.

Also you will need some tubing fittings. Get 3 each 90 degree elbows: two to negotiate the lip of the bucket and one for the grommet connection through the splash guard. Get a hose clamp, and then something with some weight to it that will hold one end of the tubing down in the bottom of the water bucket. I used a brass T-block with a barbed fitting. It’s chunky enough to make a decent weight.

Attach the weight to one end of the tubing and put it in the water bucket. Cut the tubing so that an inserted elbow will just see over the top of the bucket rim. Cut a small section of tube (about 1 ¼ inches (3 cm) long) and fit it to the horizontal arm of the elbow. Insert another elbow in the free end and point the open end down. Attach the remainder of the tubing to the free end of that elbow. Slide the hose clamp onto the tubing and position it so that it is handy for a person lying on the board.

The end of the tubing will attach to the elbow that is fixed in the splash guard.

<p>thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! </p>
<p>Glad you found it useful!</p>
Where did you get the rigid tubing? I'm having trouble finding it, and the guy at the hardware store looked at me like I was crazy, saying &quot;rigid&quot; and &quot;tubing&quot; is a contradiction in terms.
Plastics specialty store. I suppose you could call it tiny pipe. It is about 7/32&quot; in O.D. Not sure what uses it is normally sold for.
I'm not a &quot;nay sayer&quot; and am a firm believer in alternative healing but:<br><br>&quot;Now for the probe(s). In my opinion, the probe should be clean and dry between uses, but sterilization is unnecessary.&quot;<br><br>sent shivers down my spine!<br><br>IF you want to re-use your probes and you want to avoid infection you should mix a sanitizing solution (bleach and water) and sanitize your probe after every use.<br><br>Proper cleaning should be: soap and water, clean water rinse, soak in sanitizing solution, clean water rinse then hung up to dry.<br><br>Your best bet is to make up a bunch of probes and dispose of each one after every use like the professional clinics do.<br><br>Oh and PS: NEVER use a probe that has been used by somebody else (cleaned or not)!
Hi, Zackback,<br><br>Thanks for your comment.<br><br>My opinion is of course based on my own experience. Except for occasional travel, I have always lived in developed countries and enjoyed only limited and non-lethal exposure to parasites or infections. My level of probe practice (too relaxed by your standards) might not be appropriate everywhere, but for the dozens of colonics I have been party to, I have seen only good effects. <br><br>I do not know your circumstances; your level of aseptic practice (which looks like overkill to me) may be a perfect fit. But even if you are overzealous, I would much rather that you be over- than under-. Better to err in the direction of too clean.<br><br>You have made me think, Zackback. If problems ever do arise in our use of colonics, I will certainly hasten to make amends! <br><br>
This is the first time I saw this, great. I built my own, a little different but it works. I will probably use some of your ideas as I modify mine.
Thanks for your comment.<br><br>Hope the ideas are of use to you.
I think its great that you put this instructable up....there is so little alternative info on the actual business end of this subject, it all seems to be &quot; pay us a lot of money and we will take care of it&quot;. Obviously one would need to do a bunch of research and get advice from a health professional on personal needs but ( couldnt avoid using the word,sorry!) this area of body maintainance would be a lot more commonly practiced if people were able to do it in the comfort and privacy of their home.<br> So....thanks for the post !
Thanks for your comment!<br> <br> A few decades back on my wife's birthday, I paid for professional colonics for her and me at a clinic in Indiana. Some years later, a friend of a friend had a colonic board that he wanted to sell, and I bought it.<br> <br> With the exception of the clinic experience, all my instruction and advice on the subject has come from reading. Which gives access to a treasure trove of expertise, if one has the gumption to put it to use.
I thought this instructable was going to collect a lot of comments, flames, trolling etc., cause I know there are people who disagree with colonics. But no. All quiet on the comment front. <br><br>Current log says the instructable has been viewed 290 times. There's gotta be a few who are actually building and using these things, right? Quietly? <br><br>Hope so. I've made several, for family and friends, and we have all found them to be a big help. The human body is designed for a) more, and more varied, exercise than most of us get, and b) more fiber intake than most of us get. <br><br>We find that colonics help make up for some of the shortcomings of the modern lifestyle.