Introduction: Simple DIY Vacuum Chamber and Pump

About: I make videos and string instruments, oh, and videos about making string instruments.

This is an easy to build vacuum chamber that is power with a garden hose.  you can draw 30 cm of vacuum with your hose. simple and easy way to degas fluids like silicone for mold making without buying an expensive vacuum pump.

Step 1: Parts

you will need the following parts. many of they can be found or scrounged for free is you have the time.

1 - 6" x 24 " PVC pipe                                Lowe's                                       $16
2 - 1/4 " x 12" x 12" acrylic sheets           (   $12
2 - 1/ 8" x 12 " x 12" neoprene sheets   (           $20
1 - vacuum Aspirator                                 (      $25
1 - vacuum gauge                                     harbor freight                            $13
1 - 3" x 3/8" air hose                                  harbor freight                            $4

                                                                                                                                                                 Total = $90

Step 2: The Vacuume Asparater

this little thing can draw up to and in some cases even more than 30cm of vacuum with only a garden hose. and a only $24 it beats the hell out and expensive pump. it has a ball valve to hold the vacuum when the water pressure changes so when you shut of the hose the vacuum stays.

Step 3: Top and Bottem

The top and bottom are 1/4 " acrillc .
Just trace the tube.
Find the center point, and make a circle and inch farther out.
cut along the outside line.

Step 4: Neopreen Gaskets

use the top and bottom pieces to trace around with a knife to cut out the neoprene.
find the center and then cut out the center circle by hand.

Step 5: Make the Conections

drill tow hole just a little bit smaller than the fittings (the vacuum gauge came with a bunch of extra fittings)
heat up the fitings with a soldering iroen and scre them in. when they cool down take them out and wrap with plumbers tape and reinsert them.

Step 6: Finishing the Pvc Edges

This is the tough part. if you are lucky the pipe you have will have good edges. This one did not. gab a piece of sandpaper and hold it down with the bottom plate. sand in a circular motion and keep turning the pipe so you don't over sand. Eventually you will get an edge that is good enough for the neoprene.

Step 7: Set It Up and See If It Sucks...