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Plunger drowner

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When using a plunger, first you must put its bell underwater and press all of the air out of it, and then allow it to fill with water. There are two problems with this: it creates bubbles, which might splash toilet water around, and it takes time, which can be of the essence if the clog is incomplete and the water you want to plunge with is draining.

Therefore, the plunger should have a hollow handle with a valve in it and a vent near the top. The valve should be opened by a button or lever near the top of the handle (placed such that accidental opening while plunging is unlikely). You would use it like this: open valve, immerse bell, close valve, plunge as usual. Much faster, and no bubbles.


notexactly, Jan 12 2017

Be certain that you've used this first _22ScrubBot_20can_20handle_20it_22
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       Why not just use explosives ?
8th of 7, Jan 12 2017

popbottle, Jan 12 2017

MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 12 2017

       Idea 29? Bun.
whatrock, Jan 12 2017

       I always thought a plunger was used to push, not pull? In which case you don't need to expel the air first.   

       //Idea 29? Bun.// But then, why "/148"?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 12 2017

       I've checked off 29 out of the currently 148 ideas on my list of ideas to post. (I have an AutoHotkey script to count them and copy the numbers for pasting at the bottom of my ideas, though it recently stopped working reliably.)
notexactly, Jan 12 2017

       / Why not just use explosives ?   

       — 8th of 7, Jan 12 2017 /   

       I think you would still need to occlude the near side of the clog, or the force of the explosion would be wasted pushing proximal water up and out. And you would still need notexactly's modification because water is less compressible than gas.   

       I would want the lever option to keep the valve from being blown open.   

       This scheme reminds me of clam digger tubes: one places the tube down into the sand and allows air to evacuate out a vent on the top of the tube. Then placing a thumb over the vent hole one pulls and so lifts out a column of sand, hopefully containing clams.
bungston, Jan 12 2017

       /148 ideas on my list of ideas/   

       You keep a list of ideas somewhere other than the halfbakery? This is where I keep my list.
bungston, Jan 12 2017

       When (not if, as entropy happens) that valve pops open under pressure, you now have a literal shit storm blowing up the top of the handle into the room & your face.   

       I wouldn't trust any such valve.
sophocles, Jan 14 2017


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