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What is a valve that can be opened and closed quickly and easily? Answered

I want to make my own water gun (a la supersoaker), the only pitfall I have is I can't find an appropriate valve. A sprinkler valve requires electricity, a modded one will only close when all pressure is released, a ball valve would move to slowly, or be to stiff for a simple trigger mechanism... and I did have another example, but can't remember it.

Essentially I want a valve with a semi-automatic action that can release large volumes of propellant.

Thanks in advance.

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m5industriesinc (author)2010-11-27

pilot assisted diaphragm valve

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Ben.land101 (author)2010-08-02

well i think your best bet for simplicity would be a ball valve (and if it's a small(ish) one then you can open it pretty fast. but you could try something similar to the valve on this gun https://www.instructables.com/id/Golf-Ball-Gun!!!-How-To-Make-One-That-Can-Shoot-40/ (not my ible by the way)

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kelseymh (author)2010-08-02

Look for "solenoid valve" or "butterfy valve". Both are fast acting, and require electricity.

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