Friday, February 15, 2008

Pump Plans Website Up and Running

Pump Plans are now available. We've got a website for those of you who want to build your own pump from plans called the "Build Your Own Treadle Pump" website. The site is a work in progress, and probably always will be. The link above and in the right sidebar takes you to the homepage with links to a Plans Navigation Page, and separate pages for wood components, PVC components (pistons and check valves) and metal parts. Drawings are in the form of .jpg files that you can download to your very own computer.

We have also provided an assembly page that is woefully under developed for now. We'll be filling that in as we go with instructions for making the parts and assembling the pump.

Building a pump is not a trivial matter, or a weekend project (maybe two weekends), but there is nothing that you can't make with simple tools, and materials available from the hardware store.

The plans were drawn using Google Sketchup. It's available as a free download from Google, and is easy to learn. Google provides free tutorials to help get you started. If you're aleady a user or download the software and learn to use it, we can send the .skp files by email with the plans if requested to do so. You can have your very own set of plans.

Jim and I have some other related ideas that we're talking about as well. They may surface here or on the website sooner or later. Wait and see.