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Ollie78

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This may be a stupid idea but I wonder if it may work.
My Mum has bought some storage bags for clothes and stuff, they work by putting clothes in them and then attaching a hoover to the valve and sucking out all the air.
They seem to be able to hold quite a strong vacuum, so of course I thought that maybe I could use these bags as a cheap bagpress if I use a powerfull hoover.

Has anyone tried this method out as I can`t afford a proper bagpress and pump etc.

Or does anyone know another cheap bag press method ?

cheers Ollie.
 

Steve Maskery

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For flat, fairly compliant veneers, this works very well. You are not going to be able to do deep 3D stuff, of course, but for simple stuff it's fine. Don't forget you need some breathable membrane inside so that the valve doesn't get sealed by its own vacuum.
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Or buy a roll of heavy duty polythene and a roll of double sided tape, you can make bags any size you like for a few pence.
 

Pete Maddex

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Hi,

I have used a spare bag for my dust extractor as a vacume bag with a piece of cloth as the breathable membrane.


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If you made your own bag, what kind of valve would you need ?

Cheers, Paul
 

Pete Maddex

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Hi,

The clothing bags have a built in valve.
You can use the tube you use evacuate the air from the bag, just clamp it tightly.
I made a flange from some copper pipe and hot melt glue that the pipe fitted on,
my vacuum pump is continuously rated so I can leave it on all the time.

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Thanks Pete, I didn't think of leaving the pump running, assumed you needed a one way valve for the purpose, I'll google a bit further and see if I can find any anyway as not sure if my pump is continuously rated.

Cheers, Paul
 
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