Vacuum Sealer Hack


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Introduction: Vacuum Sealer Hack

Last year I purchased online a vacuum sealer in order to freeze vegetables in compact form.

This device works by sucking all the air out (well, most of it!) of the plastic bag and then seals the edges by applying heat through a heated wire which melts the plastic.

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Step 1: The Source of the Problem

In my case the vacuum system didn't work properly because of a faulty
seal. I decided not to return the item because I could fix this cheaply. I thought that this was a design flaw so other units might suffer from it. Besides, I wanted to use my device asap and couldn't bother waiting for a refund or resend of an otherwise good unit.

Step 2: Replace the Seal

I needed something to replace the faulty vacuum seal. Something which was rigid and soft simultaneously.

So I cut a small piece of foam used in packaging and shaped it to enfold the suction orifice.

For rigidity I added another piece of hard plastic sheet.

All the materials were cut and shaped using a utility knife.

Step 3: Finished!

The device now works flawlessly. It has vacuum-sealed many bags successfully.

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3 Discussions

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edoctoor
edoctoor

4 months ago

Google "Foam Mat Floor Tiles, Interlocking EVA Foam Padding by Stalwart"
And find the foam that they use in daycares to soften a fall to the floor.
I not only replaced the top; I also replaced the bottom with this foam rubber and
it worked very well.

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acheide
acheide

3 years ago

I appreciate you fixing it rather than returning the sealer. I wish more would do the same.

Thanks.

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taloskriti
taloskriti

Reply 3 years ago

If the problem was more serious I would return the device. But since I could easily fix it, the tinker in me couldn't resist fixing it. Thanks for commenting!