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iamblackjack
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From: A small town in South East Texas ............Houston.
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posted 08-05-2005 10:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iamblackjack   Click Here to Email iamblackjack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got this idea to have a water bucket and use some sort of foot pump to squirt water while wet sanding (So that I could use two hands). I've heard of using a fish tank pump, but I don't want a steady stream.

Does anyone make this foot pump idea? Or any idea what I could use to build such an animal?

Or does my idea stink?

Kirk.

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Ryan Wilke
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From: Stanton, Michigan 49707
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posted 08-06-2005 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kirk,

I don't think that your idea is a bad one!

Try to locate a bellows-type pump - the OE windshield wiper fluid system used in early FoMoCo 60's trucks used one - washer fluid from the 'bag' located at the front fender came into the cab and was mounted on the floor LH side and the discharge line left the pump back through the firewall to the hood-mounted windshield washer nozzles. When you stepped on the floor-mounted "bulb" it would squirt via foot pressure up onto the windshield. Now if you had such a pump & secured it via a strap to the bottom of your boot, with ~10ft of feed or suction line into a bucket, and run ~10ft of the pressurized or discharge line up to your 'sanding hand'. Secure it to the top of your hand so when you step on the bellows pump it would squirt water out just in front of your sanding hand. Sounds to me like it would work fine as long as you don't get tangled up in all the hoses!


The trick question may be, "Can you sand & pump your foot at the same time?" It may depend on what type of music you're playing at the time!!

GOOD LUCK!
Ryan

P.S.
Now if the sanding & pumping is too much, you may rather decide to go with a small electric pump, with the feed and discharge lines run accordingly, and have a remote start/stop switch wired into the electric power supply, then you'd just take 15' wired switch in your other hand & turn the pump on & off as water was necessary....... HEY - I bet you could run the switch to a bite switch, so when you bite down on the switch the pump activates, then bite down again to stop the pump...run the wire down your shirt and trail behind you.....freeing up your other hand!

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iamblackjack
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posted 08-06-2005 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iamblackjack   Click Here to Email iamblackjack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can barely walk and chew gum at the same time.

I could hook a simple button (sealed possibly) to fish tank pump or windsheild washer pump and just step on it with my foot. The draw back is this would require a 120Vac or 12Vdc sorce.

I usually use an old dish soap container to squirt water. If I could hook a small hose to some container, I could maybe just step on the bottle. I could ty-wrap a magnet to the end of the hose to hold it where I need it.

Thanks for the advise and the laughs,

Kirk.

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mellowyellow
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posted 08-06-2005 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just last nite, watching a rerun of the Barnum, Boyd and Dwayne clown show, Charlie was using a squeeze bottle while wet sanding a Black Deuce Roadster. No matter what, it's a sloppy job. Was hoping Charlie would give Dwayne a squirt in the eye! LOL! What a putz!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-09-2005 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Isn't it easier to just use a squirt bottle or large sponge?

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iamblackjack
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posted 08-09-2005 10:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iamblackjack   Click Here to Email iamblackjack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The main purpose is to keep both hands on the block (especially when long blocking). I also have better control and less fatigue this way.

I'll put something together and get a patend on it. You all get the first model at a discount

Kirk.

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