- posted 14 years ago
Thought I'd share a recent project with the group. I'd tired of waiting for the spring loaded pistol type bottle filler to be back in stock by a major supply house, so built my own. For about $4. Here's how: Get a plastic pistol type garden hose nozzle, the kind with threads on the spray end as well as the hose end. Get two cheap plastic disconnect fittings, one for each end of the pistol. Probably one each, male & female. Attach the fittings and slip your siphon hose over the barb end of the lower fitting. Use a hose clamp if necessary; I didn't need one. The barb end of the upper fitting makes a neat filling spout that fits nicely into the neck of a bottle. You may wish to enlarge the opening around the valve pin in the front end to increase the flow, but be careful not to make it larger than the washer which closes it. By adjusting the back stem nut on the nozzle and angling the flow into the bottle, I find it easy to fill bottles quickly and with great control & little/no aeration. Cleanup is easy as there are few moving parts and they disassemble easily. Even the spring inside my 97 cent nozzle is stainless steel.
-- Mike MTM, Cokesbury, NJ, USA Posted Via Usenet.com Premium Usenet Newsgroup Services
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