Air pump

Does anybody know how to make a air pump for an aquarium?? I need it for a Humidifier.

Topic by kris142 11 years ago


suction pump?

How can I use http://www.fazzini.it suction pump in the most simpler end effective way?

Question by vagatont 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Coil Pump

Morning, all. We've just completed a quick proof of concept for a hand-powered coil pump. The pump lifted water through 3.1 meters of vertical height. Take a look at https://www.instructables.com/id/Coil-Pump/ comments and ideas for development appreciated Thanks!

Topic by chuangt2u 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


EMF Pump

Can I use a sphere magnet when building an EMF PUMP? Glued onto the pulley. Thanks

Topic by papster 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Air Pump

Does anybody know how to make an air pump for a aquarium out of stuff laying around your house?

Topic by kris142 11 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


water pump

I have a very strong 18v motor from an expensive cordless drill(clutch went out). I also am in need of a pump to drive some misters, 20+ PSI. Is there a pump I can make or buy to be driven by my motor?

Topic by geckoguykc 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Heat Pump

Has anyone attempted building a homemade heat pump?  Maybe one used as a hot water heater only? What are the challenges that prevent a DIYer from building one from scratch?

Topic by krichmond0306 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Homemade breast pump / milk pump?

Hello i want to induce lactation and I cant find good a breast pump at the right price does anyone have any idea how to build one please let me know I dont need an electrical one it could be manual does anyone have an idea what to use for the suction cups on the breasts? thank you

Question by slamincat 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


small vacuum pump

Where can i purchase a replacement vacuum pump for a rival vacuum sealer vs230

Topic by derricklaw 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Automatic water pump?

Hello, I was wondering how I would make an automatic pump, that pumps OUT water, just something like, checks to see if water level is too high then starts pump, something simple and effective. Anyone have an idea?

Question by rub3n 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


repair a tire pump? Answered

Hand pump offers little to no resistance when pumping. loss of seal inside the pump cylinder.

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Will this water pump work? Answered

 It is tought to be a wind-powered water pump and i wonder if the desing would work. I hope the picture is understandable.

Question by EdSe1991 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


mixer grinder pump

Our water tank is on the roof, so the tap there doesn't have much pressure to water mom's plants on our roof with a pipe. So i need to make a pump. We have an old mixer grinder set with all its jars. But i'm not sure how to make a pump into a jar. limitations: 1) Can't cut holes in the metal parts of the jars, no equiments. only the top is plastic 2) 3D printer/ cnc or any thing of that sort is not available

Topic by Tj77 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Pumping Water in the Arctic!

As a small background to the project I am working on: I am currently doing my Masters of Architecture in Copenhagen, and we are designing devices to bring on our expedition to the North Pole, and I am harnessing salt water to pump through salt water batteries. My question is then: What kind of pump do I need to pump water up 2 meters? I don't need much water coming up at once, just needs to be constant. I am also looking for the most energy efficient way of doing this, any know of something? Any help is much appreciated! :) Thanks, AD

Topic by arctic_devices 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


water pump idea

I hypothesise that when is heat applied to a suitable sealed vessel, filled with water, and having a pipe into the base of the container below the water level, that when the water gets hot enough, it will exit the pipe under pressure. if anyone has any input or had experiance with this kind of a thing or knows of a device which works in the same or similar manner, i would like to hear from you.  i though it could be a way of moving water with no moving parts or access to electricity, motors etc. thank Kim.C.S.B

Topic by QSDR 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Bike pump problem?

I was using my bike pump today to fill a pneumatic launcher, and finally I just got fed up with the leaking around the pump base. On every stroke, the first 3/4 of air would be leaked out of the base, and it would only compress the remaining 1/4 of air remaining, and that would only compress if you pushed down very hard, and quickly, otherwise it all leaked out. And no matter what pressure the launcher was pressureized to, the pump handle/piston would slide down slowly, getting pushed down under it's own weight, meaning that there was almost no resistance to it. I think the leak is occuring where the tube meets the pump base, and you can feel air rush out with your legs as you pump. I'm pretty sure there is a one way valve in the gauge portion of the pump, which connects to the base with a hose,  and the filling hose is coming out of it, which is allowing me to compress at least a little air before the rest leaks out. I disassembled  the pump, starting with the base. Turns out, the leak was from an oring on the tube which was not tightened down enough by a screw on ring around the base of the tube. Put it back together, and voila, pushing my finger against the schrader valve connector and pushing down on the pump handle created pressure against my finger and no leaking. As soon as I hooked it up to my launcher, i realized something was up, I could pump down once, but the pump handle just got pushed upwards as soon as i let go. This is what I can't figure out how to fix. It seems the one way valve in the gauge portion is locked in the open position. Anybody know how to fix this? EDIT: Okay I took pictures of the pieces. I now cannot figure out if the valve is in the base, or the gauge portion, so i have included pics of both. Hopefully someone can help me figure this out. EDIT 2: Turns out the valve is in the base, and the ball just fell out when i first disassembled it, i have now found the ball and it is working fine.

Question by LiquidLightning 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Food safe pump

Hi everyone! I'm working on a halloween costume where I want to have a container of liquid on my back, a hose from said container running down my left arm and a way todispense the liquid through the hose. Right now the dispensing is the problem. Would a windshield washer pump be reasonably safe to use for something that is going to be consumed? I'd buy a new unused one of course. If that's not a good idea, what would be? I've experimented with a can of compressed air to push the drink out but was not fully satisfied with the result.

Topic by Jur 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Vacuum pump voltage?

Today I was dumpster diving and i found an old vacuum so i decided to take the pump out but i made the mistake of not checking what voltage the vacuum runs on, because it also had a spinning component at the mouth of the vacuum. I think the pump works fine because i noticed that tube connecting the mouth of the vacuum and the pump was broke. Is there anyway to find out what voltage it runs on? would standard 120 be ok?The markings on it say 81 b-9 ECP 6500-240 HPU+ 60hz HD10 120 vac 07:07 does that mean it will work off a standard 120 outlet?update: What I am going to do with this motor has been decided. I will be attaching it to the back wheel of my bike with a car battery, i will install some type of switch on the handlebar or add something like a dimmer switch, this would allow me to have the motor on if i want, and i can adjust the speed. Please help fine tune this idea.

Topic by astrozombies138 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Manual Water Pump

I am trying to build a manual water pump in my house. We are digging a well of about 320 feet (about 100m) and are hoping to pump water into an overhead tank that is about 13ft (4m) above the ground. Can anyone help me figure out how to build such a pump. Electricity is and expensive commodity in my area and that is why were looking to use a manual pump. Any input will be appreciated.

Topic by oppan_d 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Advice on A centrifugal pump.

Hello, I recently was given a pet from a friend and after doing some research on what the little guy needs I came to the understanding that the current enclosure he is in is inadequate for his needs. Therefore, I wanted to save up some cash to get him the right size tank set up that I know he deserves. In the meantime though, I have plenty of things laying around the house that I feel could render him a more comfortable habitat till that investment goes through. After more research on the matter, I came to find that for most household aquariums, the bulk of the work falls on your filtration system. That being said, I wanted to go for a Wet / Dry Sump Filter setup as it would be  the most easiest system to setup at home with the various resources laying about. Unfortunately while gravity will be doing the work of siphoning the water from the tank down to the Wet / Dry Filter Media, it will not be moving it back up to the tank. For that I concluded there was no escaping the need of a pump in some shape or form to move that cleaner water back into the tank. From what I read the pump will pretty much determine how big I can make his tank.  So this brings me to my current dilemma. Presented with various motors around the house, I went for the biggest I could find (* excluding the water pumps in our cars mind you). That so happen to be a 1.25 HP Wet & Dry Shop vac that was collecting dust in the garage. I confirmed the motor is working and already came with the impeller attached to it. I was hoping to see if you fine folks could share some wisdom on how I can: 1.) Make it Waterproof. 2.) Adhere the right type of casing around the Impeller and Motor so as to benefit from the  Bernoulli's principle and get the most water moving through my system.  3.) I intend to have this setup not 15~20 feet from where I sleep, this motor is LOUD. I was reading online about creating a sound damping box for it and was wondering what suggestions you guys might have for that? I keep fearing there won't be enough ventilation and it will over heat. ....anything else you would like to throw in. TL;DR : 

Topic by Rensouken 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


High pressure pump

Does anybody know how to build or get a pump that costs maybe like $20 that will pump to at least 400 psi?

Topic by waterrocketexpert 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Pumps n stuff

So I have this project and I need a rather large set of pumps.Ideally I’m looking for peristaltic pumps, but a normal one will work too. 600ml/min+ (ideally 1500+). Also I’m looking for solenoids. I can find them for around 5 each but this is way to expensive. Where can I find this stuff cheaper.

Question by CamdenS5 3 months ago


Pneumatic cannon no pumping?

I wanted to build a soda shooting fridge canon like this  http://www.youtube.com/personalbeerrobot#p/u/3/TVyLuosZ1rY but I don't understand how the cannon in question works. All pneumatic cannons I have dealt with have required pumping, but this one appears not to require pumping. How does it work?

Question by KarateLover21 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


vacuum pump wanted

Hoping someone would have a vacuum pump (manual or electric) they wouldn't mind giving me, hoping to make a vacuum cannon but missing a quite essential part ha ha

Topic by ToggleSwitch 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Circulating pump with thermostat

I have a 1550 gallon water holding tank and plumbing in an outshed in Fairbanks, Alaska. The pump and pressure tank are also in the outshed heated with an electric heater. To save energy I'm thinking to install a circulating pump inside the tank that circulates through the plumbing inside the outshed to keep it from freezing but not necessarily to the portion of water pipe going under ground to the crawlspace of the house. It should also have a thermostat to start heating when the temp of the water gets to 32 degrees or so. Is there any such thing and if so, how would it be installed? Thanks!

Question by icicle46 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Water Pump Sprinkler

I have a gas powered water pump at the creek for watering a garden and grass. I need a suggestion for building a 'sprinkler head' on the end of the 3" blue collapsable tubing. I have been having to move the water every 15-20 minutes. Thought of using a 3" pvc tube with holes drilled along one side and capping the other end. Any other suggestions? Thanks, Bill

Topic by willthon 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Wanted intructable - "Convert an Aquarium Air Pump into a Vacuum Pump"

Hey all - Wanted intructable: "Convert an Aquarium Air Pump into a Vacuum Pump" I know this is pretty simple - probably... as well to add to that a mod... "Convert a Aquarium Air Pump into an Adjustable Vacuum Pump" I'm trying to build something else and would like to see how this is done - i have one shot at one Aquarium air pump and don't want to mess it up. Plus i'd like to know how to regulate the vacuum  - make it with adjustable vacuum pressure if possible - if i even really need to or at least regulate the vacuum pressure so it is not too much if it is after built. I'm sure i could do a google and find all the parts - thinik tank it out and build it... but if you know already how to do it - makes things a tad easier for me. The instrucable even easier to avoid mistakes. thanx - chase -

Topic by -chase- 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What can I use to pump a good amount of air through a tube? Answered

I am making a shoe drying rack and I need something that can pump a decent amount of air through a 1/2 inch tube. Does anyone have suggestions on what I can use and how I can hook this up?

Question by sblaptopman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to make pump for a waterfall ( height approx. 10cm) and water depth approx 2cm for an aquarium.

I have this aquarium 60x30x30 cm. I wish to setup a waterfall in the aquarium. Now the depth of water in the aquarium is to be approx. 2cm and the height of waterfall is to be approx 10cm.  I am looking for a pump design which could work comfortably in that water depth.

Question by adeshwal 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


any one with an idea of a simple to construct well water pump(30ft) and with head pressure for a savonious turbine?

I live in a remote area where electricity is not there and sometimes we do experience long dry spells. during the dry spells, wind is present although not too strong. i want to use this wind power with savonious turbine to irrigate a nearby one acre plot. water is 30ft and below.

Question by Hezz 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


inflating and deflating a air bladder continuously?

I am interested in a project however what i need to do is to inflate and deflate a air bladder repeatedly on a continuous cycle (so inflation and the deflation). This making me think of a piston style pump hooked up to a motor which I can control through use of a variable resistor. Is there any piston style pump i can use or is there a alternative which would be better. (I do have a budget of around 70usd)

Question by mute86 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How would I make a bidirectional hand pump like an air mattress pump?

I'm looking for a resistance machine like a pneumatic  air mattress pump; two types. One pump could handle maybe 120 pounds pressure. The other would be for about 80 pounds.

Question by Peter1001 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Air Compressor/Vacuum Pump

I have a theory: You have your supply of compressed air. You connect that by hose to one branch of a y-connector. The other branch is connected to a hose that goes into some sort of fluid that you want to move from one vessel to another. The trunk of the y is your exhaust (in theory). So now I give, say, 15 psi out of my air supply and that shoud drag my fluid out of its vessel through the y connector to the destination of my choosing. Would that work?

Topic by flagrantfouler 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


searching for a pump that can handle pudding

I dug through a few forums, trying to decide which this was best suited for. I settled on tech since its a physical computing project. I'm looking for a resource for a water pump that can handle something like pudding. the initial thought was use an air pump and a bag or maybe have the bag be squeezed closed but i need it to cycle through.  Like a water fountain of pudding! The pudding spurts out, then there is also an intake which is recycling the goop. Does anyone have a resource on pumps which could handle something so thick?  (and since its a small scale project, cheaply and small!)

Topic by gjclimer 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Run a hydraulic ram pump on no water drop? Answered

So I was wondering if you could run a hydraulic ram pump by digging down 3ft beside your well then pump water up about 50 feet at about a 40 degree incline. This way there would need to be no change in elevation between your ram pump and your well. Thanks!!

Question by camping crazy 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago



How can I switch on a well water pump?

I have this well water pump that is connected to a wall plug which gets switched ON and OFF by a float switch in the reservoir. What I want to do is to switch ON the pump from down where the pump is, when the float switch in the OFF position without going up to the reservoir ,

Question by lonzu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Amps for 12 volt tire inflation pump

I'm trying to attach an AC adapter to a 12-volt tire inflation pump (the kind that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter), then convert it into a vacuum pump for degassing molds. I tried connecting the only 12 volt wall wart I have and it just barely got the motor moving. I'm guessing that the amperage of the adapter is too low. What sort of amps would this unit need to run correctly? Is it even possible to run this thing from a wall outlet?

Topic by Boy Genius 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


variable output dc water pump for a wind generator

I'm interested in figuring out how to direct the energy produced by a wind turbine into a water pump. My goal is to pump water from a river to the top of a hill into a pond. then slowly release it through a variable water turbine so that the pond serves as a battery. i've seen pumps that work with the power take off(PTO) of a tractor that could be retrofitted if i had the right dc motor. i need to figure out what motor might work and what type of contolling i would need. also would it be better to use several smaller units that engage one at a time as the power input increases to keep the pumps closer to thier ideal operating range? The (PTO)water pump i saw operates between 17-23 hp or 20kw or less, which is perfect because the turbine is 20kw. the other thing is what if the pump operation starts at 17hp(?) then most of the power would need to be directed somewhere when producing less. maybe a series of different sized pumps and a controller to determine which pump(s) to engage to get the most water pumped.

Topic by steve34 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


I have a12 volt RV water Pump. I want to use it for short pump jobs without carring a big 12 volt battery around.?

Can I use a 12 volt battery charger to drive the pump.?

Question by djwegener 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What is the right and the best Electric TRANSFORMER for this water pump specifications?

Im a beginner in electric circuits so can anyone give me the right 220v ac -12v dc transformer for this pump (Amp, watt) hose tails Twin core wire Current Draw: 1.7 Amp (max. 2.7 Amp) http://www.amazon.com/NEW-Water-Pressure-Diaphragm-Pump/dp/B00DLKT4OO/ref=cm_cd_al_qh_dp_i Can anyone send me a link of the Transformer ?? Thanks community !! 

Question by vwtm2006 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


I need help finding a mini water pump with DC motor

I've been trying aliexpress, Amazon, ebay, etc., but I'm not sure what to look for really. I just need a water pump with an attached low voltage DC motor that can shoot a jet of water. Everything I see looks like low flow stuff for fish tanks etc... perhaps I'm not using the right search criteria or am not able to recognize the right motor and pump when I see it. 

Topic by tsaltzman 4 years ago



how to make a small hand held portable rechargeable bicycle air pump??

How to make a small hand held portable rechargeable bicycle air pump??which can be either attached to the bicycle or be handy.I was kind of thinking to make a compressor operated by bicycle itself when one is cycling and air is pumped into a cylinder.Now when the air in the tyre is low one can use the air from the cylinder to refill it.But i need technical help,and how-tos? as well as financial help?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Projects to use a bilge pump?

I have a 500 gph fully submersible rule bilge pump that is not needed for anything. I've been looking around and trying to find a use for it. I feel like the possibilities are endless yet I can't think of anything. It's a 12 volt 2.5 amp pump. Any ideas?

Question by Kirschbj 3 years ago  |  last reply 12 days ago


How do I open the housing on a small, single head laboratory vacuum pump?

There are three little black metal pieces keeping the motor housing closed.  I'm not sure how to remove them.  I think the on/off switch on the pump got bent and I would like to simply fix that part.  But I can't get to it because the housing is closed with these pieces.  Any help would be appreciated.

Question by jrrm 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Anyone know where I can get a low cost, low power(1) solar pump,

It will be used to pump hot tub water(salt) or glycol 9feet vertically, than through an accura radiator in a thermal box and return to tub or another exchanger in tub. I don't know what kind of backpressure I will experience but maybe 10psi? any guesses. Most pumps I see are about $100. I need a lower cost. Thanks good luck

Question by 10 years ago


Will this water pump work? 2.0

I have updated my design for a simple water pump with the comments on my last one (https://www.instructables.com/answers/Will-this-water-pump-work/) in mind. It's thought to be hand- or windpowered and lift water 30-50 cm (1-2 feet i suppose). The cylinder will be about 10 cm (4 inch) across and the piston head 2 cm (1 inch) thick. The outlet is far too small in the picture.

Question by EdSe1991 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


new knex pump action

Please try to make it off of my crude drawing. If you post an ible please give me credit or tell me if it has been done. If so post link. The way it works is when you pump it the pusher hits the top most ammo. That pushes it onto the ammo lifter. When you pump forward  that pulls the string which raises the ammo lifter. That then becomes part of the bottom of the barrel. Then you cock the gun and fire. Repeat. P.S. The scriblls on the paper are not hyroglfics they are words.

Topic by tytiger33 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Pump for little pieces of paper

Hi, I'm going to make a display cabinet for an art project. Please see image for more info. The idea is to have a container (gray box) with ash on the back side of this cabinet, then there should be a pump (red dot) emptying this container and blowing the ash to the front true a tube (see red line) into a double glass window.  How can I create something like this? the problem is the transfering of the ash (little pieces of paper) from the back to the front.

Topic by vkranendonk 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago