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DIY CPVC Check Valve (for Membrane Pipes)

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Hey everyone! What follows is the first decently working version of a check valve for my very own set of membrane pipes

For a bit of background: I needed a valve that would allow air to easily flow in one direction with very little pressure, but that would prevent air from leaking back out. I couldn't use a traditional bagpipe valve (the leather flap variety) because I really didn't want to have to go inside the duct tape bag I made, and purchasing a premade valve (e.g. a moose valve) would just be cheating!

My solution? A quick lowes trip and a few bucks worth of plumbing equipment. Check them out in the video below, or head on to the next step to get started!

 
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Step 1: Acquire & Size the Parts

Picture of Acquire & Size the Parts
You will need:
  • 2x 1/2" to 3/4" CPVC couplings
  • 1/2" CPVC pipe (1.5")
  • 1/2" OD vinyl tubing (6+ inches)
  • Automotive grommet (see pictures for approximate shape)

All of this stuff is relatively easy to find... just go to the plumbing section of any Lowes and you'll find the adapters and pipe+tubing. The only strange part was the automotive grommet, but it lives in the washers/grommets section and you'll find it without too much worry. 

Preparation is similarly easy - just cut the vinyl tubing and the CPVC (with the CPVC a bit shorter than the vinyl) and poke some holes in the vinyl tubing to allow air to escape. 


RocKiN Ranen2 months ago

I cannot find this "automotive grommet" piece anywhere. Are you sure it is an automotive grommet? Because most automotive grommets have holes in them, or are rings. The employees at Lowes said they didn't have automotive grommets, and Autozone didn't have this exact kind. Where did you get it? I can't find it online either.

bviverson10 months ago
Is it a rubber stopper you've cut down
bviverson10 months ago
Not finding the grommet here at lowes, pep boys, auto zone or Home Depot. Do you have more on that? Is it a soft rubber?
lhyde111 months ago
Could you please make the video link (HERE) public so I can view it.
Thanks for making this project available.
Rinabhen1 year ago
Hi-- What are the parts in the tutorial? You don't have them listed anywhere.
FabricateIO (author)  Rinabhen1 year ago
Whoops - sorry about that. Parts list should now be shown on step 2.
tlevy11 year ago
looking to do the same thing but with liquid flow and low pressure opening
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