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Water Rocket Hobby Saves Man Money. Wife Faints

Post by bugwubber » Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:41 pm

Technology and skills aquired from building and launching water rockets were put to use yesterday as a man (aka Bugwubber) defiantly announced "I'm not paying $75 to buy replacement parts for that fool dishwasher".

Confronting the man were broken axles on the lower dish washer basket and a worn out upper spray arm bushing.

"The bushing was made of teflon or something and had just been worn away to paper thin. It just fell off during that last load. They don't sell the bushing by itself so it's essentially a $12 part. And the wheels, just kept falling off because the axles desintegrated over the years. Of course, you have to buy the whole basket to replace those".

After inspecting the parts, a solution looking very much like his recently manufactured water rocket couplings was crafted for the upper spray arm, and dabs of PLP were added to the axles to keep the wheels on and left overnight to harden.

"We loaded the dishwasher and ran it today. Holy carp it worked!"

The solution involved simply drilling out a 5/8" hole in the center of a plastic bottle cap, cutting the sides off the bottlecap and gluing a 1/2" long piece of 1/2" CPVC to the spray arm. The friction fit of the bottlecap on the CPVC pipe allows it to act as a retaining washer.

When asked if his wife fell down simply because she tripped on his tools on the kitchen floor, Bugwubber responded "Well, maybe but she was very happy".

So there you have it folks, water rocket technology making a difference in our everyday lives.

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Re: Water Rocket Hobby Saves Man Money. Wife Faints

Post by Team Seneca » Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:16 pm

That's a cute story and hilarious too! Nice job!


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Post by U.S. Water Rockets1 » Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:12 pm

How is it holding up, after a few loads are run through it?


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Post by bugwubber » Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:05 am

Team Seneca wrote:That's a cute story and hilarious too! Nice job!
Thanks! I had to laugh at myself a couple times while putting it together.
U.S. Water Rockets1 wrote:How is it holding up, after a few loads are run through it?
Doing great! Have even run a couple "High Heat" loads for pots and pans.

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