Flip - Flop Unwinder Again
- The recent talk of a balloon line unwinder intrigued me. I looked at the pdf of the patent sent earlier and liked the simplicity of the design. I got to thinking I could incorporate that kind of design with my EOSS inspired Fill 'n Fly nozzle.
Today I stopped at the local Menard's home improvement store and looked at the PVC bits and pieces. I immediately saw flange used to affix PVC pipe to a floor or what have you. I picked one up and a 1/2" chunk of schedule 80 pipe and took it home. I chucked it up in the lathe and turned the flange so that it is simply a flat plate. I then notched the plate with a pie-shaped area. The 1/2" pipe is the axle.
My thinking is that this flip-flop unwinder would hang below a Fill 'n Fly nozzle. Photos here.
I don't see myself using one of these on a flight. I just wanted to see if I could make something that would work. I think it has potential and maybe someone else can take the idea and run with it.