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Old 25 May 2011, 21:46   #1
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rapid inflation

Just a thought for anyone who struggles to inflate their sib.... i've got an avon w460 sib with a 35hp ex wd johnson o/b. currently in the process of finishing off the installation of a home made console. normaly the boat stays inflated but fitting the console ment neading access to the underside of the floor boards which ment a total tube deflation followed of course by the dreaded re-inflation! on rooting round the garage i happened upon an old and unused electric leaf blower/vac. A short time later with copious ammounts of sticky tape i'd created a pump which can inflate an air chamber in under 1 minute! final top up by hand pump and bobs your uncle. for any of you who struggle or are on a tight budget it may be worth a go.
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Old 26 May 2011, 02:05   #2
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...avon...copious ammounts of sticky tape...
It'll never work
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Old 26 May 2011, 03:12   #3
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It'll never work
Should you ever get really caught out with no pump/power, see how quick you can inflate from your car exhuast pipe with a home made adaptor (tape),, very very quickly .
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Should you ever get really caught out with no pump/power, see how quick you can inflate from your car exhuast pipe with a home made adaptor (tape),, very very quickly .
I've no doubt, but try a search on here with words like 'Avon', 'SR4' and 'tape' and you'll get my drift
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Try a search on here for 'Avon', 'SR4' and 'tape'
Will do seriously though a veicle exhaust puts out a tremendous amount of pressure, fast, . Always worth keeping in mind if you are caught with your trousers down so to speak . Of course i`d only recomend this in a time of desperation .
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A domestic vacuum cleaner is very quick at letting them down......
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Dunno if i fancy trying this method
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Old 26 May 2011, 17:45   #8
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Think that someone many years ago on ribnet made an adapter ,sticky tape and a vac hose that went over the car side window air demister vent,
i have at times used the wifes spray tan compresser .

though best one i saw was a make shift one from a large garden bin liner ,hose pipe ,sticky tape and a plank of wood ,took 2 guys best part of an hour to inflate an Avon redcrest .
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Old 26 May 2011, 21:24   #9
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shame on you Leapy of course it works. The end of the leaf blower is about fist sized and using 2" insulation tape i attached a spare hose from a foot pump. with a bit of time you could strip down the blower and create a more elegant solution however it served its purpose. Not sure of its power consumption but somthing similar could possibly be run via an inverter from a car battery?
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The MIRA wind tunnel is just up the road from us. I wonder...
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