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Life is a lot of fun when you're as easily amused as I am.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Downeaster, Nov 24, 2021 at 5:52 PM.

  1. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    I have a Keurig coffee maker, have had for many years. Over time, the K-cup holder collects a lot of coffee ground fines. No real way to get in there and clean it out with a paper towel, usually end up disassembling it to clean it.

    Mrs. Downeaster mentioned it was getting pretty nasty so I was working up the ambition to clean it, wishing I had a micro-vacuum so I could just suck that stuff out of there without having to disassemble it.

    Got to thinking...I've got a itty-bitty vacuum pump out of an inkjet printer. Hmmmm. I've also built a cyclone-type dust separator for my big vac that is stupid simple to make and works very well. HMMMMMMMMM. If I was to make a miniature version of that...


    Had a few odds and ends of surgical tubing and various fittings from some sort of medical device I stripped for parts and used a little hot glue to hold things in place. Et Voila! MicroVac! Runs on DC and I hooked my power supply to it and spun it up at 6vdc and it will suck that pudding container flat! Cleaned the grounds out of the cup holder slick as a smelt.

    I accepted that as "proof of concept" so I think I'll slick it up a little bit. At full load (as in sucking the container out of shape), it was pulling about 800 milliamps at something over 6 volts. I have a 7.5 volt wall wart good for 1800 milliamps, so that should suffice as a power supply. Mount things to some sort of base, include a switch and get some longer bits of tubing and I can see it coming in handy from time to time. I'll have to buy some tubing, everything else came out of my stash.
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  2. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

  3. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    A very wise friend of mine once said: "Nothing was ever made that couldn't be modified." It's basically his "Rule # 1". True dat. That one rule has put me in "invent mode" many, many times. (Even when I was working.) I often took materials "off the shelf" and used them in a manner inconsistent with their original function, combining them into something new, to solve on-the-job problems. People thought I was some kind of genius. Nope, just resourceful. I've said it before: "use what you have, make what you need." People do it all the time, not knowing they're "some kind of genius". So, everyone, keep up the good work!
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  4. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Cool idea DE - I'm swipin' it!
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  5. Signal

    Signal XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    “We haven't got the money, so we'll have to think”
    ― Ernest Rutherford
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  6. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Feel free. I only request that you donate the royalty fees to the charity of your choice. If I may be so bold, I suggest the Max Pete Barley Soup Research Fund.
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  7. Adamc

    Adamc XS650 MEDDLER XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    If shit was gold, a poor man would be born with no ass hole!
  8. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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