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Make a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Hose Holder for Sleep Apnea

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People who have sleep apnea and who have a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device, may not also have a hose holder.  This is really too bad, because, in my opinion, the device is not complete without one.  It's just too hard to get a good night's sleep when you're fighting the hose to maintain a proper mask fit while trying to sleep. 

By elevating the hose and holding it in a position just above the head, one can sleep soundly and not have to constantly adjust the mask while sleeping.

Since I made this device several nights ago, my sleep has been uninterrupted by "hose events" every night.  

The parts for this device cost just over 5 dollars (US).  Commercial ones that I would consider using run 30 to 50 dollars (US)  and up. 

Legal disclaimer that my lawyers make me put into this:

If you decide to make and use this device, you do so completely at your own risk.
By making it, you agree to hold me harmless for the results of any possible accident resulting either from the device's use or or misuse. 

 
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Step 1: Acquire parts and cut PVC pipe to length

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Parts List 
(2-4) pieces of double sided velcro, (they come in a spool of 25 for about 6 bucks, amounting to about 24 cents each)

The following are all 1/2"  PVC items from the hardware store:

(1)  10 foot length of  1/2" PVC pipe @ $2.25 
(5)  90 degree PVC elbow couplers @ $0.35
(1)  PVC tee couplers                          @ $0.35 
(1) straight In line coupler                  @ $0.35

Using the cross cutting tool of your choice, cut the 10 foot PVC pipe into the following lengths (shown from the bottom up): 

(3) 15" base pieces
(2) 6.75" base pieces
(1) 26" riser
(1) 14" riser extender
(1) 8" lateral arm

I already owned all except two of the above items, because I re-used parts that were previously used to support a "light tent" made of a PVC frame and a large piece of white rip-stop nylon. The light tent was used for making photographic images of the woodturnings that I used to sell at art fairs.  I love to reuse parts from my previous endeavors, and I encourage everyone to try to do the same, rather than throwing parts away after each use. 

ArtistCurrentlyKnownAsEric (author) 3 months ago

Thanks to all who have read my instructable. I'm so pleased to hear that it has been helpful who have been having problems with their hoses. Perhaps most folks just adapted the idea to their own situation. That's great!

I have changed the design of the base on mine. I no longer use a square base. My base is now just a "V" shape. I've "improved" it by adding a single connector in the shape three right angles in the x, y and z axes, if you will. I've also added threaded male and female connectors because I can really tighten them down by hand, and really get a grip on them to unscrew them when it's time to travel to my next destination. I carry the whole thing in a nice fabric bag with a draw string, so it looks neat when I'm travelling. Here's a picture of the new base, which shows the right leg only partly assembled and the left leg completely assembled. Hopefully, the TSA won't be too skeptical when they see it. If I lose it, I'll just make another.

Cheers!

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SayntCigol7 months ago
If I didn't have my CPAP on my headboard, this would be a great way to deal with the hose!

Good idea !!!! I have a wrought iron headboard & use it to keep the hose elevated just by draping the hose thru a loop. CHEERS!

blkhawk7 months ago
Great practical idea! I also wear a CPAP and now I have a way to deal with the hose at night. Thank you for posting.