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Topic: Tamper the cheep way (13 msgs / 223 lines)
1) From: David F Iseminger
My wife says you guys will probably kick me off the list for this but
reading a while back about how cheep some people built their roasting
setups inspired me a bit.  I am sure this has been thought of before but
all I had was the cheep plastic tamper that came with my machine.  Was
admiring some of the various tampers available but I decided that if I
was going to spend money on anything it would be a new grinder.  As nice
as some available tampers are $50.00 or so would make a nice start to the
grinder fund.  I took my portafilter to home depot and found the right
size PVC cap for a good fit, bought two and they gave me a peice of scrap
pvc to put between the caps.  Picked up a box of BB's at the sporting
goods store put inside for weight and came home and put it together.  It
works great and my total cost was $3.73

2) From: L. Michael Fraley, MD
I have actually read about this before.  Although the BBs are a new 
thing.  I say, if it works.. Great!
Michael
On Feb 3, 2007, at 8:12 PM, David F Iseminger wrote:
My wife says you guys will probably kick me off the list for this but
reading a while back about how cheep some people built their roasting
setups inspired me a bit.  I am sure this has been thought of before but
all I had was the cheep plastic tamper that came with my machine.  Was
admiring some of the various tampers available but I decided that if I
was going to spend money on anything it would be a new grinder.  As nice
as some available tampers are $50.00 or so would make a nice start to 
the
grinder fund.  I took my portafilter to home depot and found the right
size PVC cap for a good fit, bought two and they gave me a peice of 
scrap
pvc to put between the caps.  Picked up a box of BB's at the sporting
goods store put inside for weight and came home and put it together.  It
works great and my total cost was $3.73

3) From: Sheila Quinn
I think it's a great idea for those on a budget! Whatever works, 
right?!! I've heard of someone doing this before, so it isn't exactly 
new. I probably would have resorted to something similar myself had a 
very nice friend not given me a Thor tamper for Christmas!! :)
Sheila
David F Iseminger wrote:
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4) From: Brett Mason
Hi David,
Good move on the tamper - sounds like a very effective use of money vs.
value.
My Thortamper is invaluable, worth millions, and costing far less than that!
Regards,
Brett
On 2/3/07, David F Iseminger  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

5) From: jim gundlach
David,
      Your wife does not know the people on this list very well.   
I've seen more innovative uses of everyday items by people on this  
list than anywhere else.  This may not be the fine art Les puts into  
his Thor Tampers, but this old displaced Okie appreciates the art of  
making do with what is available.  I've posted this before but this  
shows how I used a Chevy Prizm and a car dolly to bring home a three  
bottom plow.  How can I not appreciate a PVC tamper?
     http://www.auburn.edu/~gundljh/Okie.jpgPecan Jim
On Feb 3, 2007, at 7:12 PM, David F Iseminger wrote:
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6) From: Vicki Smith
Hummm, I have the same car, Jim. It was never sold in Canada, and when I 
moved here and needed a block heater, the Chevy dealer said it couldn't 
be done. Little did they know that Toyota had no problem recognizing it 
as a Corolla in drag and fixed me right up.
Never fitted it out with a plow though.
vicki
jim gundlach wrote:
      http://www.auburn.edu/~gundljh/Okie.jpg

7) From: stereoplegic
here's a thread from homeroasters.org that i posted here not long ago:http://snipurl.com/cheaptampbrett "zassman" mason mentions adding buckshot and epoxy to hold it all 
together.
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8) From: David F Iseminger
I sorta figured that others would have come up with the same idea.  good
pics looks pretty well like mine except they both of my ends are like the
white side.

9) From: stereoplegic
the convex side definitely feels better in your hand; however, i prefer 
a flat tamp (although i do finish w/ the convex side occasionally w/ 
this setup).
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10) From: David F Iseminger
where did you find the flat cap My home depot only had the convex

11) From: Tom Ulmer
Jim,
Speaking as an Oklahoman by birth, it really doesn't qualify as an "Okie"
unless the car is a '77 Vista Cruiser; your wife is snuggled up close and
your seven children are in various stages of the back. I think what you got
there is a "Bama".

12) From: stereoplegic
i found mine at true value, part #305554.
isemingerfamily wrote:
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13) From: stereoplegic
sorry, actually the true value p/n for the flat pvc cap was 30151.
stereoplegic wrote:
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