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Jet Plunger

Cut up the clog with a water jet
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There exists a product by this name [1], but it's just a compressed air plunging device (and claims this to be "jet engine technology").

My idea is to put a nozzle and appropriate one-way valves on a normal hand-operated toilet plunger (either bell or bellows type), to generate a focused jet of water instead of the typical wide and slow flow. This could be a whole new plunger, or a retrofit.

Enhancements would be to use a small amount of the plunge energy to swing the nozzle around in a circle (for broader cutting area), and to use some kind of valve arrangement to pulse the jet flow (for better directionality and instantaneous power for the same energy input).

A more drastic enhancement would be to add actuators to the nozzle and combine this with my sonar toilet clog analysis device [2] (via a cable or wireless link) to aim the jet at specific parts of the clog for rapid unclogging.

notexactly, Apr 15 2016

[1] JetPlunger http://www.jetplunger.com/
A coincidentally-named product that does not involve jets in any way [notexactly, Apr 15 2016]

[2] Sonar toilet clog analysis Sonar toilet clog analysis
[notexactly, Apr 15 2016]


       In Victorian London, plumbers and householders alike used to buy live eels, caught in the Thames (and sold mainly for food). Dropped into a blocked pipe, an eel will unerringly force its way back to the river and, in so doing, would unblock the pipe.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 15 2016

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