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Unread 06-25-2002, 10:01 AM   #1
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Hi guys. It has been a while since I posted. I am starting a new project and I have started making/gathering new components. I wanted to share my pics of a new air trap I constructed. Thanks!
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Unread 06-25-2002, 10:02 AM   #2
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An additional pic:
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Unread 06-25-2002, 10:03 AM   #3
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yet another...
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Sorry, meant to post this pic:
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very sleek, So do you recommend the intake being at the bottom as opposed to the top?
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now that I really look at it, where did you get that tube man? thats nice as hell
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Unread 06-25-2002, 10:34 AM   #7
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Thanks for the nice comments dcrain! I believe that placing the inlet at a higher point in the system would be a more efficient design. The initial bleeding of the circuit would be faster this way. However we are talking about a difference of a matter of hours between one design and the other. For the sake of expediency and simplicity I chose to have the intake at a lower point. Thge long term impact should be insignificant.

The pipe is a 1.5" plexi tube that can be purchased through Mcmaster/U.S. plastics/Tap Plastics etc. The fittings are clear PVC manufactured by Harvel Plastics.
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Unread 06-25-2002, 12:23 PM   #8
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Just to be specific: the top and bottom clear PVC famale adapters are made by Harvel Plastics. The brass fittings are "precision" brass and are NPTF threaded. Thread sealant is used to ensure leak free joints.

All fittings are 1/2".
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Pardon me for butchering your pic, but you could do this:
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Unread 06-25-2002, 01:04 PM   #10
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Thanks for the great idea Ben. I do have some extra parts and supplies. Think I will probably end up testing both configurations.

Thanks again!
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Might as welljust put it at the top if he's gonna do that
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I'd recommend wider tube. 1/2 will work fine, but it will still take some time to bleed. My 3/4 in tube still sucks most of the air through the Tee with each pass and I expect 1/2 would be even more so.

Regardless, nice work.
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Unread 06-25-2002, 03:08 PM   #13
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Hi Red...thanks for the nice comments.

Actually, the fittings are 1/2", but the diameter of the acrylic tube is 1.5". I have used a similar size before in other projects and it has worked fine. I will keep you guys posted on how things turn out after I gather all the components I will be using.
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Nice and compact!
But I think the fittings should stay at the bottom.
Sorry bigben, looks more attractive that way.

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I think both ideas have their own merits. Ultimately testing will be the deciding factor.

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Actually, I think it would perform the same...

The airtraps here are dependant on that T fitting. It's what's limiting the airtrap from being more efficient.
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hmale, after looking at all of the components that you've gathered so far, it seems apparent that you have a grand master design. Could we see that perhaps?
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Some time ago I worked on the project shown here:
http://www.extrememhz.com/case.html


I am trying to improve on the design and aesthetics.
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did you get the acrylic tube pre-cut or did you cut it yourself to desired size?

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The minimum size acrylic tube I could purchase was 6'. I had to cut the tube myself. I glued the fittings using weldon # 6 and a syringe applicator afer finishing the cut ends.

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Her is a picture of the pipe clips that will secure the air trap to the case. I also show what I used to glue the joints together.

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cool bong!
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Killer trap. Ill send you a residual when I copy that idea this weekend.
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Thanks "dark one" I'll be checking my mail...LOL
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nice looking conTRAPtion. i can see how having water flow with gravity (top to bottom) in a large area can make it harder for bubbles to escape.

IMHO, my vision of an ideal air-trap is sort of like this:

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tangential   |              |
inlet        |              |
       ------               |<----------this region needs to be widened  
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             |              |<-----------the longer this region is, the better
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just a pipe dream for me, since my simple "T-coupler trap" has done OK so far.
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