Was planning a canoe trip with some friends when I stumbled on another instructable of water proof speakers that float. Seemed easy enough to do so I decided to give it a go. I don't eat that much ketchup, so I went with the container I had lying around, a Dutch Boy paint bucket. I used an old pair of Phillips amplified computer speakers for the sound, and used a Zip-lock baggie to water proof the hole for the speaker.
oeskor4 years ago
What powers it?
namrac (author)  oeskor4 years ago
The speakers I used had an amp which used three AAA batteries. They lasted the whole three day trip with lots of play.
Led Man namrac3 years ago
yo man that is actualy pretty cool, smart, and use full. im going to go and make one now. would a large coffee can work also?
ranaashish3 years ago
saingworth4 years ago
this is such an awesome idea!!!!
is there a way to make it work for surfing?
mcmahanly4 years ago
NICE! i'll be making one of these too! I'm wondering if you meant Alton, Missouri (MO) and not Alton, Michigan (MI). I've floated that river many a time! i live in springfield. we need more diy-ers like you!
ernestmac134 years ago
A PDF would be nice.
stratisfire4 years ago
pretty cool. i made these for work for the people who do the dishes lol
jaybo20994 years ago
Used kitty litter for ballast?!?!? As in straight from the litter box?

Ok, I'm all for recycling, reusing, and re-purposing items, but a bag full of poop and dirt is where I draw the line. LOL!
namrac (author)  jaybo20994 years ago
As in straight from the Tidy cat container, brand new never before used. My cat became an outside cat and I have had this new container of litter for almost a year before coming up with this use for it.
Did I miss something? Are these speakers water proof, or does it just not matter if they get wet?
I believe the ziplock baggies are stretched over the speaker, then glued down to from a seal.
namrac (author)  leggomylegoeggo4 years ago
You are correct. The epoxy didn't like to stick to the baggie so I doubled up on the silicone. Also the speaker grilles being screwed on helps hold the seal as well.
I thought that it might be something like that. I wish there was a more elegant solution...
I'm sure there is one, but so far that's the simplest and most effective way found.
dmb3214 years ago
infogulch4 years ago
+ wireless == perfect
splazem4 years ago
CaseyCase4 years ago
Interesting reuse. I like to use these paint cans for geocaching containers.
crapflinger4 years ago
i like how you get a handle when you use the paint can. it would be neat to get a really cheap MP3 player and build it into the contraption as well, since the thing you're probably connecting to said speakers is not waterproof or cheap
mischka4 years ago
Looks great, but I prefer to listen to the sound of nature beeing outdoors. But it also makes a good swimming pool or beach speaker.