Automatic Submarine From Recyclables

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Introduction: Automatic Submarine From Recyclables

this is a submarine that can be built from items in your recycling bin and a single weekend. it dives to a certain depth (depending on how you adjust it) and comes back up after a certain amount of time.

parts list:**
two large bottles and three small bottles
plastic tubing (straws work fine too)
plastic bag
dowels or sticks
large bottlecaps
water*
baking powder*
*you can also use baking soda and vinigar instead of baking powder and water **sand may also be needed

Step 1: The Ballast Tank

start by cutting the top off a large bottle. then cut a large piece of flat plastic (no edges) from the plastic bag so you have a sheet of flexible plastic. fold it in half and glue to make a pouch that can just hold the large topless bottle. put the bag inside the bottle through the top and glue the edge of the bottle to the edge of the pouch. then cut a small hole for air to pass through and inflate the ballast tank to make it float to the surface when in use.

Step 2: The Timer

the submarine uses a water clock to time how long before dropping its cargo and coming back up. you can rig a clock to do this, but the water clock is easier. first, take the other large water bottle and cut out the top. only take out the bottom. if you take off too much nothing will fit. mine barely did. take one bottlecap and punch a hole in the bottom. glue the bottom (with the hole) onto the top of another bottlecap with a hole in the bottom. glue the whole assembly on the inside with the bottle horizontal and the caps vertical near the bottom of the bottle and cut a hole above the place that the top cap was glued. the caps can be filled with water with an eyedropper or a funnel throught the hole. fill all gaps with hot glue. take a small bottle and cut so it fits in the bottle and stick it in with modelling clay so it covers the caps glued in earlier and make sure it has room to fall.

Step 3: The Inflater

the inflater inflates the ballast by increasing internal pressure to decrease density. first, cut off the top and bottom from one of the small bottles. tape or hot glue them together and make sure the seam is waterproof. hot glue a bottlecap onto the end of a short dowel and glue the other end of the dowel to a longer dowel at 90 degrees. fill the bottle with A.water B.vinigar and fill the bottlecap with A. baking powder B. baking soda.

Step 4: Connecting the Parts

take the timer drip pan (the bottle bottom) out and glue it to the inflater dowel. put everything back in and glue in place. cut a hole anywhere near the center of the bottle and attach a short length of tubing. cut a similar hole in the ballast and connect with a length of plastic tubing.

Step 5: The Finishing Touches

to stabilize the craft, add a ballast made from a water bottle filled with sand and attached to the rest of the sub with dowels. to lauch the sub, fill all containers with the required liquid and drop it in any deep body of water. if it floats, then add more sand. if it sinks and won't come back up, take off some sand. of course, if it sinks and won't come up you will have to abandon it unless you tie string to the top to retreive it.

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    20 Comments

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    wipe666out
    wipe666out

    12 years ago on Introduction

    when you put the pics on put them in the "my pictures" when you browse go to bottom bar click more arrow and select all files.

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    Fizzxwizz
    Fizzxwizz

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I saw a toy with this same concept at the dollar store a while ago

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    loler
    loler

    13 years ago on Introduction

    yea i can't wait for it to work. but the only prob is that I don't know how to join it all together! so if anyone can tell me how that wouls be so kwl if u could. thanks loler

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    hedgiehog
    hedgiehog

    14 years ago

    aw man i was hoping for large people sub, close enough!

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    nickdisney
    nickdisney

    14 years ago

    this guy cant be serious.... stop posting your notebook doodles, please. wait until you actually build them, and make sure you take pictures.

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    big dawg
    big dawg

    Reply 14 years ago

    they're scematics. and i cant take photos underwater

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    crestind
    crestind

    Reply 14 years ago

    Ziploc bags work well.

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    big dawg
    big dawg

    Reply 14 years ago

    i dont want to risk damaging a 500$ camera

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    mexx.admin
    mexx.admin

    Reply 14 years ago on Introduction

    can you take some pics of it abiove water? it could just be my school's filter.. g2g

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    big dawg
    big dawg

    Reply 14 years ago on Introduction

    sure ill put it on another instructable

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    mewantbigboom
    mewantbigboom

    14 years ago

    cool! i going to make a mini version

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    CameronSS
    CameronSS

    14 years ago

    ummmm......that's two instructables in as many days with Paint drawings instead of photos.... Put the files on the desktop, it's impossible to lose them there.

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    LasVegas
    LasVegas

    14 years ago

    Did you actually build this? Is this just a concept? If so, say so. Why no photos?

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    big dawg
    big dawg

    Reply 14 years ago

    it works fine for me

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    big dawg
    big dawg

    Reply 14 years ago

    and i cant get the images on. i cant find them when i browse

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    LasVegas
    LasVegas

    Reply 14 years ago

    Okay... You can find your drawings, but you can't find your photos?

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    royalestel
    royalestel

    14 years ago

    I would love to see pictures (or a video!) of the project. It's kind of an instructables etiquette thing to post pictures of your actual project.