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by Drenchenator
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: we should be worried about the future
Replies: 5
Views: 78

Re: we should be worried about the future

Wow, those are the dumbest soakers yet released by Hasbro. I thought maybe things had bottomed out finally but this really is a big step backwards. I also don't understand the Splashmouth. It just seems like they ran out of ideas. What could we build that requires no work but has a decent flow rate?...
by Drenchenator
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: If you could only have 3 water guns
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: If you could only have 3 water guns

1. CPS 1200. I've always used this as my main gun, and I love how well it works in a variety of situations. I also like the CPS 2100 a lot but I prefer to have a strap (hence the 1200). 2. XP 150. It's hard to describe how good the 150 is, especially as a smaller gun. The best feature is that the pu...
by Drenchenator
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Marketplace
Topic: Super Soaker 50 20th Anniversary
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: Super Soaker 50 20th Anniversary

I wouldn't say they were rare. I recall seeing them in stores back in the day. They might be undesirable in the sense that anyone who might want to buy it probably already has an original Super Soaker 50, but some people still might buy it anyway. The performance of the Super Soaker 50 isn't that go...
by Drenchenator
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: League Operations & Development
Topic: Bring Back the League!
Replies: 8
Views: 244

Re: Bring Back the League!

I'd love it if we got some more regular battles like a few years ago. Right now I'm planning to move my car back from CA to MD, so I should be more able to attend stuff like I used to. I'll still be in CA most of the time working on my PhD, but at least next summer I don't think I'll get the job I'm...
by Drenchenator
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 321

Re: Potential Successor to APH

Yeah, those videos are great! I apologize for my negativity here; your performance was just significantly better than I had expected based on previous work. But I can't argue with the videos! I've been interested in Tim's work, because he seems to design for performance by optimizing often neglected...
by Drenchenator
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 321

Re: Potential Successor to APH

Do you have any pictures or videos of your previous build? I would like more details about your original design. The original piston water guns used 2 inch pistons and shot around 45 feet at 130 psi. Granted, this builder did not use any straws or flow conditioners or even a good nozzle. But given t...
by Drenchenator
Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 321

Re: Potential Successor to APH

The reason I get so excited over range is because the piston cannon was able to get consistent 70 foot puddle ranges anywhere from 105 psi+ max pressure without any lamination. Even if 80 feet is over-the-top right now doesn't mean its not possible with 120+ psi, lamination, and constant pressure g...
by Drenchenator
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 321

Re: Potential Successor to APH

Sorry for taking a while to reply! I didn't have access to my main computer these last few days. I like the idea of being able to perform maintenance on the internals, but I don't know enough about union adapters to say whether that's a good idea or not. I will say this though. Parts like that are d...
by Drenchenator
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 321

Re: Potential Successor to APH

I'm glad that you've priced out the majority of the project. The prices seem reasonable to me, but remember to include some margin for the unplanned too (add a reasonable percent to the overall cost). There is nothing that you can do about the amount of force, but other aspects may help. The equatio...
by Drenchenator
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 321

Re: Potential Successor to APH

I think your simple design is quite minimal. I don't see any major changes you could make to simplify it. Personally, I think a basic homemade CPS design would achieve roughly the same performance with a lot less work and complexity, but I see the value in trying out something newer. However, I am w...
by Drenchenator
Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 321

Re: Potential Successor to APH

Hi watercrazy007! I appreciate your enthusiasm. Idea 1 seems like a simple correction to achieve linear flow, and probably would improve the performance noticeably. I think that using an elastic chamber would be a simpler design, though, without having to worry about the dropoff in pressure. I'm act...
by Drenchenator
Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: CPS in Backpack (not in gun)
Replies: 10
Views: 206

Re: CPS in Backpack (not in gun)

I've always wanted to include a QFD in my homemade designs but never really figured out where to put it, so I never did it. I remember that the nozzles of some CPS guns that have pull valves (Splashzooka especially) could be automatically used as a QFD on certain nozzle settings, which was what I th...
by Drenchenator
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Homemades
Topic: CPS in Backpack (not in gun)
Replies: 10
Views: 206

Re: CPS in Backpack (not in gun)

It is possible to build a quick-fill device. http://www.sscentral.org/homemade/vhs.html has some instructions as to how. http://forums.sscentral.org/showthread.php?t=3884 has some (older) discussion. It's been a while since I've seen a quick-fill device, but I think that all you really need is an ap...
by Drenchenator
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: CPS in Backpack (not in gun)
Replies: 10
Views: 206

Re: CPS in Backpack (not in gun)

This is definitely an interesting project. To add to what Ben said, I think another potential issue is the ergonomics of the backpack. Assuming that each tube is fully filled, a 4-tube backpack that is 18" tall would carry around 4L of water. Add in the weight of the piping and other mechanical...
by Drenchenator
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Maintenance & Repairs
Topic: Maintenance is essential now more than ever!
Replies: 9
Views: 290

Re: Maintenance is essential now more than ever!

I totally agree. I never modified my blasters because I was scared that it would be just break them or limit their life. The classic CPS guns already perform so much better than current ones that modifications don't make much sense (at least to improve range and output). I think features like the sa...
by Drenchenator
Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: Did some range testing today, CPS & Homemades
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Re: Did some range testing today, CPS & Homemades

From my limited observation maybe the spherical LRT maintains/increases while cylindrical LRT decreases???? I get good results out of my 1000/1200/1700 but every ancient CPS-2500 I've held seems gets 40-42 ft max. Actually, this was exactly what I was thinking! I know I've seen a lot threads about ...
by Drenchenator
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: Did some range testing today, CPS & Homemades
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Re: Did some range testing today, CPS & Homemades

Interesting results! What does the 5/16" 6" long refer to? Is that a special nozzle assembly you've designed? I've been more interested recently in seeing how different guns age. I remember some talk a while ago about how some guns seem to improve performance over time while others don't. ...
by Drenchenator
Sun May 21, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: Have manufacturers given up?
Replies: 8
Views: 261

Re: Have manufacturers given up?

This article seems to be spot-on from my point of view. In the back of my mind I was hoping there would be a resurgence once the CPS patents expired, but it seems that the opposite has happened. Manufacturers know they don't have to put in any effort and the newest disposable thing will sell again a...
by Drenchenator
Mon May 08, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Accumulator tanks as pressure chambers
Replies: 13
Views: 460

Re: Accumulator tanks as pressure chambers

I can't believe that missed this thread! This is an interesting discussion, and I appreciate the new designs people are building with this concept. CDMT, what kind of performance are you getting with these tanks? Is there a big difference between a horizontally-oriented tank (that provided linear fl...
by Drenchenator
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Homemades
Topic: New Linear Flow Valve
Replies: 21
Views: 2207

Re: New Linear Flow Valve

Hi Tim! It looks like you've come up with a good next iteration. I look forward to the results from your testing.

Does this design use different O-rings?

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