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How to make a Flocking or Static Grass Gun from a Bug zapper for less than $3

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This is a super inexpensive solution to building an electrostatic flocking or static grass gun for home use! It's not very powerful but it works! Please vote for this project in the Up contest here! Thanks.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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This part is easy all you need is:
1) $3 electric fly swatter from Harbor Freight
2) 2 pieces of thin gauge wire
3) an alligator clip 
4) Scissors, wire snips, soldering iron, wire strippers, screw driver and a hot glue gun
5) an empty yogurt or cottage cheese container

Step 2: The Guts

Snip the wires to the "racket" part of the flyswatter, and solder one lead to the wire with the alligator clip (ground wire) and the other to a 4"-8" length of wire with both ends stripped

Step 3: The Handle

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Now, just put the halves back together and re-install the screws with the two leads coming out of the open end of the handle.

Step 5: Making the lid

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Now cut a hole in the lid, make sure to leave enough around the edge to glue to.  This is where you get to destroy the swatter part; break the plastic frame of the swatter, keep all of the rods from the outer grate and remove the inner mesh intact (it should slide out after the frame is broken enough). Now use the scissors to cut a rough circle out of the mesh that will fit into the lid without curving up onto the lip so the lid can lock back on to the tub. After making sure it fits, hot glue the mesh to the inside of the lid.
Brianaala (author) 1 year ago
Hi everyone, have to say I am stunned at the interest in this instructable! Thank you all for your kind words! If you feel inclined to, please consider voting for this project for the Up contest: http://www.instructables.com/contest/up2013/?show=ENTRIES&sort=FEATURED
Thanks again for your interest!
greintsma1 year ago
I had hoped by the final step to have learned the purpose/use of a "flocking or static grass gun" but her I am in the seventh and final step with little clue other than that the static grass (whatever that is) will then be sifted over a work piece. Guess i'll have to Google or YouTube it?
If ya don't know what it is, you probably don't need it!
Google and Youtube are your friends! Talk to them often!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czab8o7TqtM
lol.. i did the same thing!!!
Brianaala (author)  zacker1 year ago
Great minds.... :)
me too :-) Cool idea now that I understand it!
Brianaala (author)  studleylee1 year ago
Hehe great! Thanks for the nice words!
Thank you,you saved me some time.
Brianaala (author)  spylock1 year ago
Awesome! I'm glad you found it useful!
Static grass is used in model railroading. Because the grass stands on end it looks very realistic. I made one of these a couple of years ago but used a flour sifter and it works pretty well.
Brianaala (author)  greintsma1 year ago
Haha, well in a nutshell, an electrostatic flocking gun is supposed to charge the flock fibers with a (+) or (-) charge and the target (glue) area with the opposing charge. This makes the fibers stick in on end instead of lying down (which they would do if you just dumped the flock on them).
Datawolf1 year ago
I'm discovering the grass gun concept. Completely unknown in France !
georion1 year ago
can thiis FLOCKthe INSIDE of a cardboard TUBE ????????????
Brianaala (author)  georion1 year ago
Hmm, I doubt it Georion; it's just not powerful enough to shoot the length of the tube from the outside. I think, depending on the distance, you would need a very powerful set-up for that.
Viaticus1 year ago
Brilliant. I wish you had shown the end result so we could see the realism of the grass.
Brianaala (author)  Viaticus1 year ago
Hi Viaticus,
Thanks for the nice words! I'm working on a short video of it in action, but I'm having technical difficulties (getting my wife to hold the camera)! Haha! Hopefully I'll have one up soon!
What a cool idea
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