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An airdeflator, is that a good business idea ? back


I went to Centerparcs this year and one thing struck me while standing at the big sub-tropical Paradise (a kinda big massive swimming pool with waves). I noticed everyone went up to the lifeguards and asked them to inflate these massive floats of all shapes and sizes. However, when the end of the session came, most of these people attempted to deflate these things by holding on to the valves while sitting on them. It takes a good ten minutes to accomplish this unenviable task. Would it not be a good idea if there were some kind of gadget you could attach to the same valve and suck the air back out at the rate as the one that let it in ? Or maybe the same inflator could double up as an inflator, although that is not so good for the lifeguards because people inflate at different times but probably all want to get out of the pool at the same time, so there will be a long queue. A better option would be a low cost or disposable deflator. Is there such a thing in existence ?


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 by by David at 02 Feb 2006 22:59:58
I hope you're joking. I don't even know how I got to this site, but I'll proceed to tell you why an "airdeflator" is a bad idea. They already have them. Millions of them, infact. They're known as "vacuums". They suck air. All you need to do is put one of these puppies up to the valve and bam!, its deflated. So no, not a good business idea.
by David at 08 Aug 2006 03:15:28
Where can I get one of these 'vacuums' ? How comes they do not deploy them alongside the air pump at the swimming pools I have been to ?
by David at 08 Aug 2006 09:28:10
I like the idea.  It wouldn't be hard to reverse the valve on a hand pump so the same pumping action moves air in the opposite direction.

Speaking of pumping technology...I hate umbrellas as they are very dangerous.  They are normally held so the sharp points are at eye level to passer-by.  The umbrella holder somehow suddenly thinks they can take up several times their pavement footprint without regard to other pedestrians AND seem to think it is OK to not be able to see who's coming towards them by holding the brolly in such a way as to restrict their view.

I would like to see an inflatable umbrella that has air-filled (or possibly fluid-filled) struts.  The handle would contain the pump.  There would not be much air needed to fill the struts but they would have to be at a reasonable pressure.  A few pumps of the handle would inflate it.  A twist in the handle and few pumps more would deflate it.  The sharp points would be eliminated :-)
by Martin Muckle( at 13 Aug 2008 23:31:19
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