Intro: Clip-in Holder for Round Objects.
For my job, I use quite a few devices to check for moisture. So waking into a customers house my hands are always full. One of my tools that I use looks like a short cane. So I decide to create a holder so I would have one less thing to carry in my hands.
(I would like to with the epilog challenge so that I can make a more cool looking holder and be able to laser inscribe a name plate for my case for better marketing.)
Step 1: Measuring and Fitting
Well the first thing I did was measure the diameter of my water meter. It was 1.25". So I went to the plumbing section of my local big box store. I pulled a PVC coupling with 1.25" diameter and it fit just nice. Only $0.38. yeah.
Step 2: Cutting
I marked the coupling where I wanted to remove a section of the pvc so that I can pop in the meter. I made a mark on the end of the pvc, then used adhesive tape to create a straight line to make a cut line. I did not have my Dremel so I did it the old fashion way and used a hack saw.
Step 3: Final Touches
I sanded the burrs off the cut edges. Drilled 2 holes for tapered machine bolts with nuts. Through on some flat black spray paint. I marked on the case where the 2 holes would be and drilled 2 holes in the case shell.
Step 4: Added Support
Since the case shell is plastic I wanted to add some strength to the plastic because to takes a good amount of force to pull the meter out of the holder. Eventually, with that much pulling force on the nuts, the nuts would break through the plastic. By adding the plate you are spreading that pulling force over a larger area.
Step 5: The Final Product in Action
Basically, here is the meter in the holder. One less thing to carry in my hands.