A tutorial on how to make a cheap, pneumatic potato cannon powered by a bike pump from easy to get materials. It's really simple to make, but don't underestimate its power. They can shoot straight through a pretty thick sheet of plywood and break windows. Be smart and be careful when you are using one. Do NOT hold me responsible if you get hurt!!!
The pictures might be a little blurry, it's because I took them out of the video I made on how to make it.

Check you the video tutorial!

Step 1: Getting started


-Two pieces of 2" PVC Pipe (any size)
-One 2" Non-threaded PVC End Cap
-One 2" PVC Valve (not threaded)
-One Schrader valve (from an old bike tire)


-A saw (to cut the PVC pipe to your desired length)
-A drill with a drill bit that is about the same size as the schrader valve
-PVC Primer and Cement

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If I was you I would spend the extra five dollars to get the rated pvc. Mine can get up to 150 psi safely. It did explode in my face once, but that was because i was stupid and I pumped it up a few minutes after I applied the glue. At around sixty psi, I was still pumping and the barrel shot across my floor like a missile. scary as hell I thought I had hearing damage.
<p>Same here, except mine had a 4 foot 3 inch chamber and had 120 psi in it. Dented metal lockers on one end of the room, busted a hole in insulation on the other end. I couldn't hear for about 1 minute, and couldn't hear normally for like 15, kids be careful, these are not toys!</p>
omg my parents think its to dangerous how do i convince them
science project? that's how i got my stun gun... (seriously)
Lol. I made nitrocellulose for mine.
what was the project?
well, just testing the conductivity of materials... really i just wanted a stungun :P *for science purposes, of course*
why not wireless power?
huh? what, you mean like conducting it through the air?
like using magnetic power to do wireless electricity I guess.
uhh... why??? it would only send whatever power was in the 9 volt inside the stun gun...
Well, how old r u? Responsibility with a deadly weapon is required to opperate it?
You do what I used to do and just do it and don't tell them?
make it out of steel and weld it together, like I did. Don't shoot lead slugs at plywood boards infront of them
that's what friends houses are for...
fake it to max psi and dud shoot it slow valve open. or did you shoot it full already? if so... your SCREWED<br />
just say i gets me off my xbox/playstation/wii or whatever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am building the exact same thing, but the schrader valve with the end cap and the pipe is 1-1/2&quot;
I built one. It exploded in my brothers face and he had to get 8 stiches. =(
Never use a plastic ball valve. After a few months it will stiffen up and be so hard to turn that it'll be useless. Use a metal ball valve. Even if a metal one stiffens up you can lubricate it with WD-40 or something.<br />
you can use wd-40 on pvc too
im planning 2 make 1 and i was thinking is it good 2 have a bigger air chamber and a smaller barrel :)???????????
i use a 4inch pipe for the chamber and then use a 1 inch pipe for the connection between the barrel and the chamber. then a 2 inch for the barrel. just make sure you get pipe made for pressure.
at wath presure will this blow up im my face
normal non rated pvc that they sell at lowes and other places made for plumbing should be no higher than 45 psi
Depends if your using crappy pvc or being unobservant and kill yourself because you messed up the valve! :D<br />
If you are worried about it blowing up, use ABS tubing. It should be rated for higher pressure. Also, ABS doesn't splinter if it explodes. PVC tends to shatter into lots of pieces.
<em>also how strong is ti if its pumped um 2 50 psi ????</em>
hello could you please tell me where you got your valve and how much ?
Hello, ever heard of a hardware store?
mate i live in the uk and they are like £90 cba paying tht much
Find an old bike/ an old bike innertube. &nbsp;Cut it off from said innertube. &nbsp;Ask friends if they have any old bikes.&nbsp;
noo i mean the huge pvc valve i cant find em anywhere in the uk for cheap
i have found a uk website where u can by a valve very cheep as well as pressure rated pvc pipe here is the link<a href="http://www.pipe-out.com/index.html" rel="nofollow">www.pipe-out.com/index.html</a>
The site barely works and the valves that i can see are too small but the big ones when i click on them the page is blank :( thanks for trying
Thanks for posting this! I made a few custom changes to turn this into a Halloween Candy Launcher (which I explain below). But here's a quick video I made:<br/><br/><div style="margin-left:15px;"> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/6M6453llZ5A"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/6M6453llZ5A" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344" wmode="transparent"></embed></object></div><br/><br/>The video shows pressure at 20 psi. The projectile is a foam type ball we use in the pool. I purposefully tested this with something soft to avoid smashing the neighbors windows. I'm sure a heavy object with better/less wind resistance (aka an actual potato) could easily be sent down the block and do some serious damage.<br/><br/>Trick-or-treaters will be greated by a Blue Man at the door who will &quot;launch&quot; their treats into the yard. I really just need something to put it over their head and into the yard.<br/><br/>Requirements:<br/><br/>(1) I wanted it to sit on the ground so I didn't have to hold it.<br/><br/>(2) I wanted a smaller launch tube, but didn't want an 8 foot long 2&quot; tube (which would approximately equal the same air volume as a 2' by 4&quot; tube).<br/><br/>Changes and Comments:<br/><br/>I used a 4x4x2 junction and put the 2ea 1' by 4&quot; on each end. Then I cut a lenght of 2&quot; tube long enough to put the valve at a comfortable height. This also solved problem #1.<br/><br/>I used pipe that is rated to at 220 psi or more.<br/><br/>I still wish there was a better way to mount the valve. -- The valve is my weak link. I used Locktite which took 48 hours to dry, but it still leaks a bit. If I get much over 20 psi it begins to leak out faster than I can pump. I have some ideas on how I can re-seal this without cutting everything apart.<br/><br/>Thanks again for putting this instructable together.<br/><br/>-r<br/>
my advice , I've done it so it works, hot glue and duct tape. be generous on the glue AND duct tape.also wrap it TIGHT. you can star with electrical tape to smooth the edges THEN duct tape. worked great for me. the psi depends on the amount of glue and tape so wrap WELL!<br />
how did you make it trigger powered
I have no idea i have been asking the same question so if you find out please tell me.
Having problems with the YouTube embedded video. It's also available here: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/groovyguru/2961924248/">Flickr Video</a><br/>
how can i put ABS and PVC pipe togather. will pvc cement work?
i would suggest NO&nbsp;ABS&nbsp;IN&nbsp;THIS&nbsp;GUN! even the barrel. it ALSO takes a high amount of pressure and seeing as its not rated for pressure, it would explode if the pressure was TOO high. and the only way to test the max is to wait for it to explode (not advised. TRUST&nbsp;ME)<br />
another alternative for the schrader valve is your local tire store, they regularly replace valve stems and often have the old ones all overthe floor (or maybe a nearby can) DON'T ask the boss ! ! he'll want to charge you for a new one, tell the tech what and why you want and you'll probably get a handful. With the right size hole you won't even have to seal it because they are designed to hold air !
and some places sell two types:threaded metal for longer life OR standard rubber bodied valves. mine was the threaded and it works great. only problem is that mine is held together by ELECTRICAL&nbsp;TAPE. im cheap (and grounded. yes grounded) ill post a vid ,as soon as i get a working camera, on youtube. its a gatorade bottle attached to a 1.5&quot; pvc pipe with hot glue sealing it along with a 1&quot; ball valve hot glued into the pipe and a threaded fitting on the barrel. ive gotten an easy 40 PSI into it. shot my brother with a nerf dart at 20 PSI and he yelled at me. its a 0.5&quot; barrel with a silencer made from a copperhead bb bottle with .75&quot; electrical conduit run through it with fairly large hole drilled in the pvc. the bottle has 10 2mm holes drilled into it. and its filled with paper. MUCH quieter.<br />
my valve turns too slow and doesnt dump fast enough any tips, and oiling it doesnt work cuz oil reacts with the pvc and it just locks up
That's the problem with manual valves. Try buying a sprinkler (electronic) valve. Just watch out for that one thing that broke my airgun.... IT HAS TO DUMP ALL THE AIR AT ONCE. Or it will not work :D
sprinkler valve=$100 manual valve=$8 you do the math i could just buy a real gun<br/>
actually. decent ones (the ones easiest to adapt) are $15. they hold a good amount of pressure too. unless its REQUIRED to be 2&quot;. then its $50 or $60 +shipping<br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Orbit-57100-4-Inch-Threaded-Sprinkler/dp/B00004S1V2" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/Orbit-57100-4-Inch-Threaded-Sprinkler/dp/B00004S1V2</a> for cheap and 3/4&quot; <br /> OR<br /> non-electric but just as fast <a href="http://www.buyplumbing.net/?pg=pd&amp;_i=200PGA" rel="nofollow">http://www.buyplumbing.net/?pg=pd&amp;_i=200PGA</a><br /> electric is not a necessity<br />

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