Introduction: Up-cycle (popped Air Mattress + Water Bottle = Shop Vac)
I built a shop vac from some "trash" my girlfriend wanted me to throw away
this is my first instructable ( even though i try to build something every other day )
hopefully, many more will follow!
Step 1: Get the "air Module" Out of the Failing Air Mattress
Step 2: Cut a Whole in the Water Cooler Bottle.
i used a cordless circular saw to cut out a rectangle from the side of the bottle.
for my first attempt, I just "eyeballed" my air module to be about the size of the label on the front of the
5 gallon water-cooler bottle and cut it with out even marking or measuring anything.
--AS ALWAYS, use caution when working with potentially dangerous tools.
... water bottle should be empty.... before you start any of these steps...
... ... you'd be surprised....
Step 3: Seal
i wedged the air module into the hole i cut into the water bottle
later models will probably use an epoxy or something of that nature to seal the air module to the bottle,
but today i simply used vinyl tape to secure the connections.
used an old shop vac hose to extend the range
Step 4: Testing
Because the mattress had a deflate option as well as the inflate option ,
i was able to use my new device as a blower AND a shop-vac.
There is also a handy little compartment for cord storage.. or whatever...
The prototype works better than i could have anticipated.
Impressive amount of storage and suction!
Picks up broken glass, water, pine needles, much much more.
i will retool and make a v2 in the near future