Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 02:39:46 GMT From: "James Sweet" <jamessweetnospamail.com> Subject: Re: Drifting Way OT - WAS: I think I blew my amp??!! NOW: Spud Guns
> > The kids around here use PVC pipe and deodorant to make their spud > cannons. They use a long piece of PVC with a cap glued on one end. > Drill two holes in the cap and thread a piezo spark-gap device from a > gas grille in one. The other is used to squirt the aerosol deodorant > spray into. > > Tamp a spud part way down the pipe, charge it with hairspray, aim, > spark, Thwooob! It hucks those spuds a couple of blocks. > > Quite ingenious actually! And relatively safe as explosive fun goes. > I've never heard of anyone being killed by a potato missile. So long as > they don't start spraying gasoline in their instead of hairspray... > > Boredom? Oh, yeah. I have an older teen-age boy... I found a coleman camping lantern flint to be simpler and quite reliable. Starting fluid makes an incredible fuel, in the right ratio you can blast a potato right through a piece of 1/2" plywood. I certainly wouldn't call it relatively safe though, a direct shot would kill someone for sure. One of the more amazing things I've done was rip the top inch clean off an onopened can of nasty flavored pop, leaving the bottom portion of the can sitting undisturbed and filled to the brim. Doubt I could do that again though even if I tried a zillion times.