Saturday, November 12, 2016

Make an Easy Fill Soap Pumper

Make an easy fill soap pumper from a candle jar.

Drill motor
safety goggles
plastic gloves
heavy scissors
needle nose pliers
spray bottle for water
diamond drill bit- either .5 inch or .75 inch
(depending on how you want to anchor the pump)
dremil tool with cut down tool

I got this .5 inch at Lowe's for $19.00
the .75inch is $32.00

candle jar with glass gasket lid
depending on which method you use, you will need:
4 - 1/4 in wide zip ties and a recycled pump- using .5 inch diamond drill bit
or a sanitizer bottle and pump- using .75 inch diamond drill bit

If you use the top of a sanitizer bottle as the anchor, cut off the top.  This will be pushed up through the .75 inch+ hole and then screw on the pump.  The collar of the pump will need to be cut down because the threads of the collar don't run the whole length of the collar.  I found that only sanitizer bottles have long enough necks to go through thicker glass lids.

You may want to mark the center with a permanent marker before drilling.
Put on your safety goggles and gloves.

spray some water on the lid before drilling.

The bit jumps around quite a bit before it takes hold and can scratch the top. The best position for me to stabilize the drill is sitting on the floor, cross legged with the jar between my legs and the bottom of the drill against my right knee (since I'm right handed). Using very light pressure at first so the bit isn't dancing all over the top and scratching it, gradually add a bit more pressure.

Stop drilling often and spray more water. To keep drill bit from becoming hot, use enough water and not too much pressure.  Bit should never be more than warm.

Use a few tissues to clean out the pieces of glass and water.  Rinse of jar and lid.

Once your hole is cut, you will need to ream out a little more to fit the pump or the base of the sanitizer bottle.

Keep checking the fit, you want the pump to fit snug.

If you are using the sanitizer bottle base, cut down the collar of the pump so the threads will match up with the base when you put it together. Use the glass plug you cut out as a guide for how much to take off.  Not all glass lids are the same thickness.

If you are using just the pump and zip ties to anchor, thread the zip ties together and trim ends, leaving one end longer to go around stem of pump.

Once it's around the pump use needle nose pliers to twist the end to pull it tighter.  Not much room to work, you can't pull it.

Once ties are tightened as much as possible, use heavy scissors to trim closer.

I love these Wiss brand shears!

If you are using the bottle base, push it up through the .75+ inch hole and screw pump down snug. I actually tried using a 1" bit so I didn't have to ream out extra and it ended up too big, the collar on the pump would sit crooked in the hole because the hole was too big.

Done!  And easy to refill- enjoy!
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