The SPUDZOOKA! ™®©etc.

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So, Greg and I are baby-sitting Rambo’s house (yes that’s his real name) and we are board. Greg has been surfing the web and found the plans for a spudzooka. Of course Greg has “redefined” the plans and “improved” on the original specs.

So we make the treck to Home Depot looking for all the PVC parts that we need to build this “device.” Let me tell you something, when you’re in Home Depot talking about building a spudzooka, people tend to leave you alone. We picked up all the parts that we need (plans will be posted as soon a I get them from Greg) and headed back to the house. We managed to build it without serious loss of life or limb. We built a makeshift bipod out of the remaining parts and propped up on that.

Now that we have it built, there was a little problem of firing it. We drilled a hole in the base and stuck in a model rocket engine igniter in. We poured about a half cup of petrol into the bottom of the spudzooka. One quick note. This information was given to me from a nautical handbook. 1 cup of gasoline equals 6 sticks of dynamite. Back to the story. We run a line of 10baseT cabling that I “borrowed” from the office out about 20′ to 30′ away, and wired it to a camcorder battery. Now we were use to the rocket engines taking up to 30 seconds to ignite so it was a bit of a shock the spudzooka fired immediately when Greg touched the wires to the contacts. It sounded somewhat like Foomf. Now having said that, it’s kind of important to mention the fact that both Greg and I are both looking at the battery, prepared the be waiting 20 seconds before it goes off. We hear it foomf, look over and see the spudzooka falling backwards off of the bi-pod. It blew it self off of the bi-pod completely. And we missed it.

Ok, now we are dammed determined to get this cussing thing to fire off. We scrounged around to see if we have any more igniters to no avail. So we decide to try and use a fuse from a m90 to see if it will fire off. The fuse goes out before reaching the petrol. I get volunteered to try dropping a match in the hole to ignite the gasoline. No problem. I’ve dealt with explosives before, piece of cake. Walked over to the Spudzooka and dropped the match in. The gasoline caught fire, along with the duct tape and the entire bottom part of the spudzooka. We stood and stared at it for somewhere between 30 seconds and a minute. At that point one of us said “Well. We better put that out before something bad happens.” And proceeded to watch it for another 30 seconds and a minute. I then ran inside and garbed the fire extinguisher and put the fire out.

After we deemed the spudzooka operable, we decided to try it again, this time for sure we had fixed the problem.

We managed to catch it on fire, again.

We stood and stared at it for somewhere between 30 seconds and a minute. At that point one of us said “Well, the fire extinguisher’s dead. Now what?” And proceeded to watch it for another 30 seconds and a minute. I run inside, grab a shovel, dig up some dirt and pour it on top of the flames, smothering it.

We decided to call it a night and try again tomorrow.

To be continued.

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