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« on: September 25, 2011, 10:49:22 PM »

We have put together a manual on how to build a couple different compact blowers.  You may also recognize these as power blasters, air power dryer, or some other similar name.

It it much too large to file dump here so we will refer you to our website.  Click the globe and visit our HOW TO section.  This is our first publication since our time has been devoted to completing Studio12 our latest taxidermy software application.

Thank you for visiting and hope you enjoy.
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2011, 07:09:42 PM »

Have a little time to add a picture in here for those that are interested.  This is the one considered as the "Professional" model, which will cost you a little $ to complete.  There is another design considered the "Free" model, which is pretty much what it cost to build.

We don't sell any of these products or parts.  

They are for the DIY "hands-on" people.  We just did all the trail and error and put together the handbook to share.  Periodically, we will be adding more fun stuff we designed and created...stay tuned!

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2012, 09:49:43 PM »

The Power: First thing you will need is a few supplies. The majority of what you require can be found in the upright vacuum. Just dont rip yours apart because there are many sources in which to obtain a FREE older carpet vacuum. First ask around to friends or family, and if that fails you can search for one at garage sales or trash day. Ill admit I picked this one up on trash night coming home from work. They say that one mans trash is another's treasure.
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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2012, 09:53:23 PM »

Strip Down
Tear down the entire vacuum and look to keep the vacuum motor, the on/off switch, the vacuum hose, and electrical cord. First we will start with the motor after having stripped down the machine. Motor sizes may vary depending on model and although I have never heard of this product GALAXY it worked when I plugged it in so that is enough to begin the tear down. Heres the motor.



Now, notice the stem shaft sticking up from the motor? Some vacuum motors have this and others dont. It drives the belt, but there is also ten-sion from the belt. Long story short, I have heard that if this shaft gets bent at any time the motor will wind like crazy and blow apart. I dont know how true that is, but sounds like something Im not willing to chance?
So lets cut this off for security and self-assurance reasons. Safety is paramount and why risk any potential dangers?
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2012, 09:58:32 PM »

Im fortunate to have the dremel tool and I think another alternative would be a hacksaw (metal blade), but this just zips it off very quick.

Now finish (polish) it off. This step may not be necessary, but I like to make things nice. I used a palm sander with 80 grit paper. You could use a steel file.
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2012, 10:08:40 PM »

After it looks picture perfect and takes away the worry of the bent shaft.

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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2012, 10:11:27 PM »

The Body Canister
Again something simple and free from the bulk food section. We had some bulk nacho cheese dip and I kept the can after feeding the party. Notice the width. Motors vary in diameter with most being 5.75. This particular motor was approximately 5.5, but Ill show you later how to fit smaller motors to large cans.

Looks to be around 6.25 and that will work just fine.
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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2012, 10:15:44 PM »

Lets get this ready for paint because steel will rust over time, especially in taxidermy shops where heavy solvents and chemicals float through the air. I sprayed with some automotive primer I had on the shelf. Finished it off with a white appliance paint for the top coat.

Then went back to work on the other parts obtained from the original vacuum.

I cut the electrical cord down to 7. You may want to go longer or even shorter all depending on what is your preference or distance to electrical outlet.
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2012, 10:19:30 PM »

The Hose
Next cut the vacuum hose (or dont?). I cut this hose at 4 and would recommend 6 because you can always cut it down later. This is non-crushable hose, but I really dont care for it because of its inferior flexibil-ity...but it was FREE.
Note: The hose unscrews from the couplings.



Here is the coupling that was connected to the vacuum. Notice the threads.
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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2012, 10:25:27 PM »

Now turn the coupling into a nozzle. Cut off what is not needed and try to retain a cone shape. The tighter the cone, the more forced air you will get (but you dont want it too small or it will burn up your motor). I used a jigsaw to cut this down.


Then I followed up with the palm sander to smooth and shape the remaining edge.


The finished product. This angle was a better choice than a straight or 90 degree cut.
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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2012, 10:32:14 PM »

OTHER COUPLING
You will have another coupling on the hose. Detach that coupling and prepare the can to receive this coupling. Find the center and mark it.
I did measure this, really I did.


Used a 1.5 metal 'circle' drill bit as pictured to the left.


Thats it. Now ready.
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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2012, 10:34:20 PM »

The test fit is perfect and snug.
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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2012, 10:36:41 PM »

My next step was to prepare the handle. I had this aluminum handle that I acquired at a farrier shop. I know?...what the heck is a farrier shop? Well, they supply things for people that care about horses. I think they use this to make hand combs or something? Anyway, you can get a plastic or metal handle from any local hardware if you cant find one.

Apply zinc chromate primer to aluminum if you want it to last. Non-ferrous metals do not accept paints well and will flake or if you do not protect aluminum it will rust not like steel but will be pitted with heavy white residual.
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« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2012, 10:39:04 PM »

I top-coated with a deep rich black appliance epoxy paint. That should last long enough.
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« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2012, 10:45:12 PM »

THE SWITCH
Turning my attention to the switch. Heres what I got FREE with the GALAXY vacuum, yeah.
Before unplugging any electrical proxies, make sure you label them (the wires) to ease placing back together if you are not electrically savvy.


Place the switch on the can where you intend to cut. Sketch an outline of the part.


Finish the outline where you will make the cut out.
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