How to Build a POTATO LAUNCHER

Introduction: How to Build a POTATO LAUNCHER

Learn how to build your own POTATO LAUNCHER with parts you can get at your local hardware store.

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    CalebL3
    CalebL3

    4 years ago

    What would be the cost of making this project. Is it worth making it for a school project?

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    Masher007
    Masher007

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Danger: See link: This is not spam, but a warning. PVC will fail suddenly after a while. This was band member that hurt badly by a T-Shirt launcher explosion.

    See the pictures and never use PVC to hold air, Please.

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    Dude DO NOT PUT THE propellent IN FIRST .You could nudge the ignition while trying to get a spud in and BYE BYE HAND thats rally dangerous. plz for your own safety put the propellent in last .

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    _Scratch_
    _Scratch_

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    So many safety issues! And it was kind of a weak launch...

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    co2wms7whcc
    co2wms7whcc

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Though you wont get nearly as much power by putting in the propellant last.

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    shreyjain
    shreyjain

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Please Friend! I beg you to tell me how to create the spark ignitor you created. I could'nt figure it out. Please I' m in a desperate need for such a great one. Science fair is near and i don't know a way to create an eco-friendly ignitor like yours

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    matt09
    matt09

    9 years ago on Introduction

    just a tip never combine whit pvc and black pvc it could end up being faulty and u might blow your face off just incase you didnt know the the two dont stick

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    ChappyShowcase
    ChappyShowcase

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

     nope...i don't hate any political official.  Just pokin fun.

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    weaponscollector94
    weaponscollector94

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    oh wait i get it sorry! i actually used a flint and steel lantern ignitor for mine! it turned out really nice!

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    Carash
    Carash

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Im thinking of making my first instructable and it will be how to make a potato launcher out of 3 things you would need a hollow pipe, a potato and a pipe which isnt hollow
    Get the hollow pipe and push it into the potato which will make a peice of potato which looks like a shotgun shell
    Do the same with the other end, so both ends are plugged with potato's.
    Now get the not-hollow tube and push one bit of the potato near the other and the air pressure will build up and fire one bit of the potato, if anyone try's this please tell me the results because as soon as i get the peices i will make an instructable!
    Carash.

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    hayden45
    hayden45

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    i read this comment last night and then tried it today the results were shameful i filled a pipe with silicon and pushed it in to the slightly bigger pipe and it went only about 5 metres which is good but then when i droped it from my balcony solid pipe towards the ground it went about 15 metres in the air so your idea did work but only when taken to a slightly bigger scale then my friend was happy with wat had just happened so we put it on a fence post and lashed it there really tight then we tied a car tire to our paddock basher and drove at the solid pipe end and it went about 60 metres so it worked even better on a heaps larger scale kudos to you on your idea

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    mecrofider
    mecrofider

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    hey thx now i would make my first instructables!!:D yeahh ... kinding jeje but you better dont say your ideas too fast, somebody can stole them ·_· jeje

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    lemminggenocide
    lemminggenocide

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    doubt it would be very effective. you'd have to have a really good seal and a large chamber.

    YOU SHOULD NOT USE PVC GLUE FOR ABS! ABS is also not designed to be a pressure pipe. They are not pressure tested, so you'll never know if your tube has any hairline cracks or defects in it. ABS and PVC two totally different plastics and most PVC glues work by forming a chemical bond with PVC. While you might have bought a special type of cement, you should tell people to purchase ABS glue, because most PVC glues are not recommended for use with ABS. I know you say that they are ABS in the beginning, but working with ABS and calling it PVC may confuse plenty of people. I would hate to see anyone's gun to blow up in their hands. Also, do you find it better to spray first, cap, load and fire; or to load, spray, cap, and fire? While the extra pressure of loading last may be of some help, I've always thought that the quicker you can fire after loading means that you can ignite more of the fuel particles before they hit the wall of the chamber.