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Assembling your toolkit.

You will need a few tools in order to make this device. I should stress here for legal reasons that I can not be held responsible for any injury you may inflict upon yourself or others while using these tools, and that you will take all the necessary precautions and wear the correct protective items of clothing, hardhat, goggles and heavy duty rubber gloves to prevent injury.

Please ensure you have access to the following items. Assuming you can see where you are going.

  • A craft knife with a fresh blade. A Stanley knife in the UK.
  • An electric drill is optional.
  • An electric soldering iron is optional but preferable.
  • A pair of pliers. Long nosed would be better.
  • A junior hacksaw.
  • A nail file or a small piece of emery cloth.
  • Superglue.
  • If you have a workmate or folding workbench, great, if not a breadboard on a worksurface will suffice.

Your Shopping List.

I said you should be able to get most of the items you'll need from your local High Street and with luck you should, but some of you may need to take a trip to your nearest B and Q or Homebase store. I'm not sure what these stores are called elsewhere in the world but it's one of those very large hardware warehouses where they sell paint, wallpaper and plumbing supplies etc. In the U.S. I believe it's called Home Depot? Also, you'll need to locate your nearest Pet Shop.

A number of you may have some of these bits and pieces lying around already. If you live with someone who does their own home maintenance, great. If you don't, but you know a plumber/ electrician/ handyman then they may be able to help you with what you are going to need.

shopping list

Remember I said this was going to be a cheap and simple project? Well now you can see why. Let me go through these items one by one and explain what they are.

  • 1. An IMAC BIBBER 150ml Pet Drinking Bottle. (Hamster) Cost in the UK approx 85p. I have tried other makes but this is the best so do try and find one of these if you can.
  • 2. A 4.5 inch length of white Marley polypropylene plastic waste pipe 40mm (1.5 inch) diameter. This is the sort of stuff that is fixed to your sink outlet where the water drains away when you pull the plug. You only need a few inches but if you have to buy a 2M length, it will only cost about £2.00
  • 3. A White plastic 40mm (1.5 inch) Access Plug No. WPA41WX. Available from B and Q in the UK. Cost 65p. This is a sort of blanking plug that you would use to seal an unused run of wastepipe.
  • 4. A short lenth of 1mm diameter copper wire. The best source for this is the earth wire running through the middle of a piece of 15 AMP electrical cable. This is the sort of cable that would be used to wire up your 15 AMP wall power sockets at home. Go to an electrical store and ask for a sample of 15 AMP cable so you can verify that you've got the right stuff. The sample should be sufficient for what you need. Cost Free.
  • 5. A translucent hairspray or deodorant can cap. Cost Free.
  • 6. A short length of neoprene tubing 5mm (.19 inch) internal diameter bore, 8mm (.31 inch) external diameter. This is the sort of tubing used for home winemaking or for home aquariums etc. You only need a short length, so ask for a sample again. Cost Free.

Item 1 will be from a Pet Shop. Items 2,3,4 and 6 from B and Q or Homebase in the UK, or Home Depot in the US.

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