This year I got my mom's old Snowman out and it wouldn’t start. So I checked and found the fuse had blown it takes a 10A fuse you can pick some up at Radio Shack for less than $4. But the troubles weren’t over. As soon as we fired him up it wouldn’t blow any snow though the air pump was working. A quick look up the back revealed that the thin flexible plastic hose had broken in two places rendering the snowman inoperative.
So I got to work to figure out what I could do to fix my Mom's Snowman and save Christmas.
Here is a step by step instructions on How to fix your “ The Snowman” or your “Amazing Snowman” for just a few buck in parts from your Home Depot.
Step 1: Preparation for Repair - Tools & Parts
A hot glue gun and glue sticks
Miter box and saw (hack saw)
7 inches of 1/4 inch thick and ½ inch wide foam insulation tape
2 feet of 1½ inch Flex Pipe used for bilge pumps
6 - 1½ inch hose clamps
3 - 1 inch PVC elbows
Step 2: Removing Clothes and Back
Once separated you can easily pull the broken hose off the exit port and using a small phillips screwdriver remove the 3 screws mounting the broken hose to the air pump outlet.
Right away you will notice that the air pump outlet is smaller that the exit port of the snow man. It is not a problem I used a 7 inch piece of foam insulation tape to encircle the air pump outlet to make it large enough for the 1 ½ inch flex pipe to slip over and fit snug.
Step 3: Assembling the Hose
Step 4: Continue the Hose Assembly
Cut another piece about 6 inches to fit over the air pump outlet that you put the Foam insulation tape around and tighten a clap to hold it in place
Then Cut your final piece of flex hose about 4 inches to connect the hoses all together. And tighten down all the clamps. (Though I have three clamps shown, three more were added later as I was out of stock in my mom's garage).
Step 5: Reassmble Your Snowman
Step 6: Fire It Up and Make Some Snow
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!!