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Water pump for filling balloon Answered

Hi, Everyone. I am building a carnival game, and I need to know what kind of pump I need to pump water from a 5 gallon bucket into a balloon that is about 4 feet above the bottom of the bucket. The object of the game is to squirt water into a hole that has a pipe connected to it going into the bucket. The water than will get pumped up out of the bucket into a baloon that will end up popping from being overfilled, splashing water everywhere. I was thinking that some kind of submersible pump like this- along with a float switch to turn the pump on when some water goes in it, but I was not sure if this pump would have enough pressure to fill and pop a baloon. Thanks.

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Gadgets_and_Gear

11 months ago

yes, I think that is usually compressed air. I wou thought that I might be able to do the same thing with water, but in order to have enough pressure to fill a balloon could be hard. The balloon would not need to be standing straighgt up, I could put the thingey you put the balloon on facing down, but it would be good if it could be standing up. It is a clown like the normal ones, but it is painted on to a piece of plywood. Thanks for the comment and the link.

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Jack A Lopez

11 months ago

I think, in the usual version of this game, the gun shoots a stream of water, but the expanding balloon on the target is filled with compressed air.

Here's a link to a search for Youtube videos for, "carnival water balloon race game", for anyone who wants to see some video of these devices in action.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=carni...


I suspect there are practical reasons for filling the balloon with air rather than water, mostly related to the Earth's (or wherever) gravity. One reason being, it takes less work to pump air uphill against gravity. Another reason being, the balloon on the target would slump over if it were filled with water.