Step 5: Finish

Double check the action.  Good height?  Snug connection?

If all is good, disassemble and paint the wood to protect it.

Grind / bevel the flanges, deburring the metal using the Dremel grinding bit.

Reassemble - DONE!

  • The cane I used was height adjustable, two pieces telescoping for adjustment.  I'd keep this feature next time.  As I mentioned in the design goals, waist-high is a good height.  However, my waist is not the same height as others.  By fixing the length to me, the plunger is a bit too long for most.
  • Thanks to KaptinScarlet and slambert for illustration Instructables!
Regardless of all the discussion about which way a plunger should work, I just feel dumb for not thinking of this before. Thanks.
have you tried the Home Depot sewer rods built for this problem? They cost up to $50. tho. but can reem through a big blockage. May be worth having if you gotago.
Cool, but can you hook it up to a vacuum pump for ULTIMATE SUCTION!!!
Intriguing idea, since suction is this real work on a bad clog...<br> <br> Something like this perhaps- <strong>my kayaking bilge pump attached to the plunger head</strong>. Add some tubing on the out spout and your idea would work.<br> <br> The kayak pump is not really heavy duty, but it does feature one-way flow and handles a large-bore of water... I'll put this one on my to-do/experiment list and get back to you!
Cool, but it might work better to push air INTO the clog, forcing it down the pipe.
Nope, it's actually the sucking backward action that clears the clog. Yours is a common misconception. What you want to do is not to force it further into the pipe, but to pull back enough of the clogging matter to make it small enough to pass.
I'd say that it would depend on the location of the clog, the size and what it was mainly comprised of (kernel content) etc. But, when push comes to shove the way that sucks might be the way that doesn't.
That's a great design for the handle but the problem we have around here is that the plunger lets more air/water around the plunger than into the pipes, thereby giving you the HIGH possibility of splashback of the gross kind. I'd love to hear any thoughts on how to get around that...those inflatable bladders, etc. apparently have similar problems so I don't really consider them solutions...
In MAKE volume 23 I believe it is, there is a toilet plunger with a check valve. This should solve your problem! : )
Sounds like an improvement for the &quot;Super-Duper Toilet Plunger&quot; !<br> <br> RE <a href="http://www.instructables.com/member/ehrichweiss/">ehricweiss</a>'s ?: I pull more than push (just as <a href="http://www.instructables.com/member/n0ukf/">n0ukf</a> suggests), greatly reducing splash.&nbsp; Better typically to loosen a plug, than trying to push further down system.&nbsp; Either way, the longer handle keeps me a safe distance from burps.&nbsp; Having more hand control allows for more finesse also.&nbsp;<br> <br> <sub><em>I suspect I'm the only person in the world that is concerned about toilet plunger finesse...</em></sub><br>
No, no I'm pretty sure the olimpic commity would be outstanded by your suggestion if you suggested a plunger finesse compition!
Actually, looks like the cast of STOMP has already taken my humble skill to a whole new level. Those dancers have skills...
I'm pretty sure that guy on the left could really make use of this idea, I mean look how far he has to bend over, can't be good for his back...
Splashing is fun, make a game out of it...Yuk yuk yuk but seriously, before you begin the, &quot;dirty deed&quot;, take a couple of pieces of saran wrap about a yard/ meter long estimate the angle of the plunger when plunging and with the plunger inside the bowl, put one piece in front of it and one over the back overlapping with the plunger sticking out of the middle of them. If you lined everything up right and a little patience/ self control, total containment can be achieved. <br>** Your results may vary. This comment was included for educational purposes only. Use at your own risk!
A plastic bag or 2 around the brushhead or plunger help no end, and make the clearup process a little easier and a little less unpleasant.
hmm. you gave me a crazy idea, im gonna build one that uses a phneumatic piston with a co2 powerlett ! mmm..... destructive plunger......
You might want to think that through a little more. By using a compressed gas mechanism for the plunger you loose control of the action of the plunger.. You might come up with the great killer plunger or you might end up with a face full of ... err well stuff you don't want your face full of. <br> <br>Think again
this is when i go build it and say &quot; forethought is for losers&quot; then moments later come back covered in indescribable horror lol:]<br>
My comment was drawn from experiance. I was under the house trying to get a clog cleared from the toilet. The plunger bit didn't work so I was going to unscrew a clean out with a bucket under it. My sister asked if what I was doing was safe. Just as soon as I told her that I knew what I was doing I lost my grip on the cleanout cap as it came loose and the bucket at the same time.and the sewer water w/crap ended up all over me! FYI! Sewer water all over you is not nice! <br>Hopefully you will be smarter than I was, LOL <br> <br>Take care <br>
haha actually around hear since we have cast iron plumbing we use an air compressor with the end of the plunger w/ a hole cut in it with the hose running into it, works great as long as you keep a good seal......
Remember to always wear safety glasses...
Hope your plumbing's in good working order or your plumber's going to get a rather unusual call. :-)
Love to see that Instructable!
Nice write up, you certainly made the plunger more ergonomic.<br> <br>
In one case, our problem isn't so much the plunger design but the bowl design, there's effectively a square notch that prevents one side of the plunger from making a seal.<br><br>Despite this, with most toilets you can get more effective action by slowly pressing down then quickly pulling. The suction will pull stuff loose while not squirting out the sides. Or after that initial slower push you can quickly oscillate it up and down to work the clog loose.
Quick oscillations is what I use to clean my apartment's drain. A nice benefit of the horizontal handle is you can push AND pull very well. Typically this works a whole bunch of scum free from the pipe walls, which then drains out by gravity, speeding the pipe up.<br><br>I still get a little burp of air after finishing, but I just deflect this with the plunger head, muffling the splash.
<em>The worst time to discover design faults is during a crisis- when you need a toilet plunger!</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Crisis is a perfect word to describe the scenario. Great hack on an everyday tool!
Thanks, it was definitely born of frustration. My apartment has a slow drain that I need to work every few weeks. I was really getting angry with the original plunger.
. Genius! Yet so simple. Great job.

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