Introduction: Water Dispenser Stability Mod

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Having a water dispenser in my home office - near all my electrical equipment - was a bit of a worry. On several occasions I'd come close to jogging the table and knocking the top heavy water bottle off the top. So with a bit of old innertube, some velcro and a sewing machine, I set out to make things a bit more stable.

Materials required:
  • Old inner tube from a bicycle
  • some sew on hook and loop strips (velcro)
  • 4 pop rivets and washers (I used 4mm dia)
Tools Required
  • Bradawl
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • drill
  • 4 mm drill bit
  • pop rivet gun

Step 1: Prepare the Straps

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Taking the pictures in this step in order:
  1. Take the inner tube, measure off an appropriate length to go up the side of your water dispenser (from the main body) and across the top of the water bottle.
  2. Slice the inner tube into two strips where the inner tube has a natural crease.
  3. Sew the two sides of the velcro hook and loop strips to the  appropriate side of the inner tube - you may have to increase the tension of the top thread on your sewing machine.
  4. If you want a consistent look to the rubber when it is strapped to your dispenser, make sure that when you are sewing the hooks and loops on, you sew them on the correct sides of the tube.

Step 2: Prepare the Dispenser

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Drill two holes (the same size as your pop rivets) on the side of the dispenser.  Do the same on the other side, and measure from the top so that everything is neatly symmetrical. make sure that the holes are wide enough appart to suit the width of your inner tube.  The holes should NOT be close to the edge of the inner tube, as you will risk the tube splitting under tension.

Step 3: Assemble

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In order of the pictures:
  1. Double the end of the inner tube back on itself. Push your pop rivets through the rubber - you will probably want to use the bradawl to make a hole first.
  2. I added a washer between the rubber layers to help distribute the load - don't know if that is strictly necessary....
  3. use the pop rivet gun to pop the rivets.
  4. Do the same both sides and, if all has gone to plan, you can now stretch the rubber straps slightly and use the velcro to securely hold in your water bottle
All Done!

Comments

audreyobscura (author)2012-10-18

This may be the best use of an old bike tube I have seen in a while, I'll add retaining strip to my growing list of what to do with tubes.

timhodson (author)audreyobscura2012-10-19

Inner tubes are so _very_ useful. I keep a big bag of them handy for many projects :), I'll have to publish a few of the others that I've already done...

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