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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

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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. 

Another way you can do this piece, is by following this guide,

except of using a male adapter, use a coupling of the size of pipe that will fit your vinyl tubing, and connect it into your tubing

AvaL15 months ago

Where can you fidn this grommet I looked everywhere or what else can you use?!?!

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.

bviverson1 year ago
Is it a rubber stopper you've cut down
bviverson1 year 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?
lhyde11 year ago
Could you please make the video link (HERE) public so I can view it.
Thanks for making this project available.
Rinabhen2 years ago
Hi-- What are the parts in the tutorial? You don't have them listed anywhere.
FabricateIO (author)  Rinabhen2 years ago
Whoops - sorry about that. Parts list should now be shown on step 2.
tlevy12 years ago
looking to do the same thing but with liquid flow and low pressure opening