Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 11:21:08 -0400
From: Malt_Hound <Malt_Houndnospamm*>
Subject: Re: Drifting Way OT - WAS: I think I blew my amp??!! NOW: Spud Guns

© rbnospam wrote: > "Malt_Hound" <Malt_Houndnospamm*> wrote in message > > >>© rbnospam wrote: >> >> >>>This is all very interesting and highly technical. But to lighten the >>>mood a little, has anyone else ever taken a tiny speaker out of a broken >>>transistor radio, and wired it up to a 100w amp to see how much it would >>>take? I have, and it went pop quite spectacularly. Not that I'm >>>condoning wanton destruction, you understand, I was just bored. That >>>was after making an industrial spud gun with a compressor and a gas pipe. >>>Boredom is a terrible thing... >>> >> >>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... >> >>-Fred W > > > It was all quite harmless until my brother turned up and decided to fashion > a crossbow-type bolt out of some garden cane and bits of sheet steel, which > was to be propelled by the aforementioned spud pellet. This was quite > small-bore domestic gas appliance pipe, and it worked quite well. We > stopped after numerous holes in the fence and a near-miss with the dog (not > to mention a telling-off by She Who Must Be Obeyed). My 7-year old isn't > quite at the wanting-to-blow-stuff-up stage yet, but I'm hoping he gets > there soon... > > D :-) > > > OK, I take it all back. Spud guns can be seriously dangerous stuff. Check out this web site, especially the video: Yikes... -Fred W

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