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So you want to make a water rocket?

Water rockets are very fun but if used incorrectly the can be extremly dangours...
Even on the launch pad.
 
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Step 1: Pressure test the make of your bottles

Recently i was useing really cheap fizzy drink bottles (50p or 1$)....
it didn't turn out well.
most fizzy drink bottles should not lose and shape and pressure to 140 PSI

I would not by cheap ones but mabye well known brands as they are better.

Its better to be safe than stupid.

When initially pressure testing the rocket, fill it with water. If it explodes it will be less catastrophic.

Step 2: Make rockets with care and time

Rockets should be made with care and time.

If you rush though you design you increase you risk of an explosion

Step 3: Have safty rules when launching rockets

It's always a good idear to have rules when launching rockets.

Rules

All uneeded personell must stand 5 meters away from the rocket

Personell needed to launch must wear eye protection

If a rocket is falling near you walk away. DO NOT RUN!

Never touch the rocket when pressurized

Check the is no personel down range when launching

Never pressurize a rocket with someone in its immediate vacinity.

Never check a loaded rocket, with your head above it. Chances are it will go off when you are checking it.

Never unless there is no other option, approach a loaded rocket.

Step 4: Safty rules about and when making rockets

When making rockets one mistake like the wrong glue could ruin you rocket or even your day

Use only glues suitable for joining bottle plastics. This glue also needs to be pressure rated, not just able to glue plastic.

Do not continue using the same rocket for many months on end. Your joints/bottles receive fractures from impact, the plastic also deteriorates ending in blow outs.

Step 5: Safty about the launching area

Check local restrictions before launching in a public area.

Check surrounding area before launching, if wind picks up at height, i've had rockets drift hundreds of metres on the wind, ending up no-where near where I had expected.

Never leave rocket in the sun for extended period of time. The bottles warp, the plastic become unstable.

By Oscar Thompson

with thanks to instructable member: Lftndbt
Nice, but this is more of a safety how to rather than an instruction how to. Good point on the bottle puffing out tho.
oscarthompson (author)  atombomb19454 years ago
thanx... i have changed it to water rocket safety
No, you changed it to" water rocket SAFTY"
haha I noticed too.
Lftndbt4 years ago
I was hoping for more. You have not really touched on any important issues. perhaps you could consider.

Never leave rocket in the sun for extended period of time. The bottles warp, the plastic become unstable.

Do not continue using the same rocket for many months on end. Your joints/bottles receive fractures from impact, the plastic also deteriorates ending in blow outs.

Use only glues suitable for joining bottle plastics. This glue also needs to be pressure rated, not just able to glue plastic.

When initially pressure testing the rocket, fill it with water. If it explodes it will be less catastrophic.

Never pressurize a rocket with someone in its immediate vacinity.
Never check a loaded rocket, with your head above it. Chances are it will go off when you are checking it.
Never unless there is no other option, approach a loaded rocket.

Children are unpredictable, they are likely to run in and grab a loaded rocket.

Check local restrictions before launching in a public area.

Check surrounding area before launching, if wind picks up at height, i've had rockets drift hundreds of metres on the wind, ending up no-where near where I had expected.


Just some tips off the top of my head... I like the principal of your I'ble, just wish you had join a tad further with it.... remember you can edit, feel free to use some of my ideas if you want.
oscarthompson (author)  Lftndbt4 years ago
Thank you I will change it now
oscarthompson (author) 4 years ago
and planing
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