Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 08:24:19 -0400
From: Malt_Hound <Malt_Houndnospamm*>
Subject: Drifting Way OT - WAS: I think I blew my amp??!! NOW: Spud Guns

© 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

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