How to Create the Pop Bottle Rocket Launcher
Today I'm going to show you how to create a simple pop bottle launcher that can shoot you bottles up to 100 feet in the air. This device is great for to make and fun for the kids to watch. Its also safe and easy to make, using a very minimal amount of tools.
- 3 x 20" Long Pvc Pipe
- 1 x 2" Long Pvc Pipe
- 2 x Reducing Bushing
- 2 x Ball Valves
- 2 x Male Threaded Adapter
- 1 x 3 Way Tee
- 1 x Elbow
- 1 x Water Hose Adapter
- 1 x Compressor Hose Nipple
- 1 x Nail
- Drill Bit
- PVC Primer and Glue
Attach the 3 20" long pipes to the tee using glue and primer
When attaching the elbow make sure that it points straight up, you want your bottle to fly straight up.
Need to glue on the 2 inch piece of pipe to the elbow, this is where our bottle is going to sit on when completed.
Next we screw on the 2 male adapters to the ball valves, make sure to use a little thread paste on every threaded piece we put together on this project.
Once the adapters have been screwed on to the valves, we need to glue both of them on to the 2 ends of our launcher. Screw on the valves before gluing them on so that you can make sure the valves point up when done.
When then need to screw on the water hose adapter on one end, and the 2 reducing bushing plus the air compressor nipple on the other end. Don't forget to always use thread paste.
The last step is to drill a hole in the pop bottle neck while is is sitting on the piece of 2 inch pipe. This hole should be about the size of your nail, which you will attach to a string so that you can pull the nail out when needed from a safe distance. This is what will release the bottle in to the air when the pressure has been turned on.