UnderWater Camera Housing

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Introduction: UnderWater Camera Housing

About: I love making things my self so i dont have to spend MONEY!!!:)

Build an inexpensive Underwater Camera Housing for a DVD recorder.

Step 1: Step 1

First you will need materials. Most of the materials can be purchased localy at a hardware store. I got mine at home depot, But I had to order the ACRYLIC LENS online.

MATERIALS:

1)4" PVC PIPE (about 6" long,but it depends on your Camera.)
2)THREADED JOINT.
3)THREADED CAP.
4)PLUMMERS PUTTY.
5)1/2" CLEAR ACRYLIC. I got mine online at tp://www.freckleface.com/. I was unable to find it localy, But I bet it would be cheaper.
6) 4" to 3" converter for lens area.
7)PVC CEMENT
8)SOME SORT OF WATERPROOF CAULKING.

Step 2: Step 2

CONNECT THE THREADED JOINT TO THE CORRECT LANTH OF PVC PIPE WITH THE PVC CEMENT.

Step 3: Step 3

CUT THE ACRYLIC TO HE RIGHT DIAMITER AND SLIDE INTO THE 4" TO 3" CONVERTER.THE LENS SHOULD BE INSIDE THE 4" PART UP AGAINST RIDGE. AFTER IT DRIES PUT SOME CAULKING ON THE INSIDE EDGE.

Step 4: Step 4

CONNECT THE CONVERTER WITH THE LENS IN IT TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PVC.



SORRY ABOUT THE PICTURE QUALITY.

Step 5: Step 5

PUT SOME PUTTY ON THE THREADS OF THE PVC JOINT. MAKE SURE THE PUTTY IS EVENLY SPREAD.

Step 6: Step 6

YOU ARE READY TO GO! I TESTED MINE A LOT BEFORE PUTTING MY CAMERA IN IT AND I AM UNSURE HOW DEEP IT WILL GO.

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    12 Discussions

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    karnold70
    karnold70

    10 years ago on Step 3

    Try using a 'Roto-Zip' saw. Works beautifuly for 'non-straight' shapes. Just be sure to have a template (do NOT try to do it 'free hand').

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    jcub231
    jcub231

    11 years ago on Step 3

    How did you cut the Acrylic perfectly to fit

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    Soupster
    Soupster

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I had help from a friend who had a drill press. he had a little tool that kind of resembled a compass that you can attach to the drill.

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    jcub231
    jcub231

    11 years ago on Step 1

    How deep can it go

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    Soupster
    Soupster

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    with just plumbers putty I went about 10ft, i wouldn't do any long deep dives unless you add an O ring. this housing is more built for water sports such as Surfing , wake boarding, sailing. things that more or less get your camera wet or possible dropping might happen.

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    TheInventor
    TheInventor

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Not bad. It's pretty similar to Kipkay's housing. + 5 stars though.

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    Bobby_M
    Bobby_M

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    It's not really anything like Kipkay's. I'm pretty sure this one would be good for up a couple dozen feet deep if the cement joint holds up at the lense. Not many cements work well on both PVC and acrylic. I've used weldon #16 and 3m 5200 marine acrylic, both work decent. The only downside to this design is that it depends on plumber's putty for the thread seal. It's not something I'd want to mess with on a dive boat. However, for general watersport goofing, it just can't be beat for simplicity.

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    Soupster
    Soupster

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    the plumers putty is a little messy but it tends to work

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    ItsTheHobbs
    ItsTheHobbs

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I just got back from FL, and I went snorkeling at this place called Alexander springs. Beautiful water, clear, it was just awesome. It went from like 2 ft. deep to 10 maybe, and then there's this big rift type thing, that's from 20-30 ft. deep, and it's amazingly clear, great for snorkeling (my first time, may I add, I was lucky to go to a great place) and just an amazing time.