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I have several inflatables that have weak or completely dead fans. Anybody familiar with the output flow of the stock fans and the comparability of other fan/motor assemblies? I have four upright vacuums that I have rescued from trash piles. All motors work and I'm wondering if routing the motor and/or ducting to blow INTO the inflatable would provide enough flow to do the job. Maybe it wouldn't work to act as the only source, but if piggy-backed to blow air in WITH the weaker original motor? Also, I have a larger blower that belonged to one of those 13' water slide/pool combo's and I was thinking of using some ducting to create a sort of octupus to divide the air flow to several defunct inflatables. Thoughts? Suggestions? Anyone have any experience with this ideas?

 

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IMO those all would have too great an airflow for the inflatables. Better sticking with a stock replacement fan.  A few CFMs greater wouldnt be too bad, but you dont want to blow out the seams.

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If you are concerned that the CFM is too high I would just partially open one of the zippers.  I can tell you that I have switched out the motors in some inflatables with larger ones and have never had a seam blow out.  Knock on wood...........

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I have several inflatables that have weak or completely dead fans. Anybody familiar with the output flow of the stock fans and the comparability of other fan/motor assemblies? I have four upright vacuums that I have rescued from trash piles. All motors work and I'm wondering if routing the motor and/or ducting to blow INTO the inflatable would provide enough flow to do the job. Maybe it wouldn't work to act as the only source, but if piggy-backed to blow air in WITH the weaker original motor? Also, I have a larger blower that belonged to one of those 13' water slide/pool combo's and I was thinking of using some ducting to create a sort of octupus to divide the air flow to several defunct inflatables. Thoughts? Suggestions? Anyone have any experience with this ideas?

 

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This is just my 2cents.............but I don't know about doing a mickey mouse set up like that .......But I do have 21 yrs as a HVAC installer and air flow is air flow. weather your moving air to inflatables or thru a house.

Air movement will always take the path of least resistance and you will find certain ones will blow up nicely and others will not, the only way to control this is to have dampers installed in each one of the tubes feeding each inflatables to control the air volume to each one.

the idea of using the discharge side on a Vaccum Cleaner has me puzzled ....Did you consider the noise from those things and if this is going to be used out doors what about  moisture? I mean a electrocution waiting to happen :confused:

You might want to just get replacement fans for each inflatable and be done with it and have it right from the git go. Theres a guy here on PC named Vegas Lee and he has tons of inflatables and is quite knowledgeable about repairing these things. I know he has helped me out and I'm sure he could lead you in the right direction to find replacement fans.

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Were you able to make any progress on your blowers?

 

I know this is a kinda "duh" question, but are they getting good voltage to the blowers.  I have had problems where a blower would be at the end of a long run and get maybe 90 volts.  It will run, but very slow. 

 

The only solution was to get better voltage, ( large gauge wire, move the inflatable, take some off the run)

 

I have used some of the blowers off of the Walmart inflatable slides, they make  a lot of noise, blow a lot of air, but really did not seem to inflate as good as I had hoped for.  I used one on a Easter Bunny arch that I really wanted to keep, but fabric was just too thin.

 

The best solution I have come up with is to add a extra blower to some of my favorites.  The best extra blowers to use are the "external" blowers"  Gemmy makes some, but have used Chrisna, some of Bob's, and a few others that I do not know where they came from.  I just open the deflation zipper, put the snot of the blower in, close the zipper, put a zip tie on it to hold it, and inflate using both blowers.

 

In a tight when the internal blower went out and I did not have time to change, I used a external blower, just make sure to use duct tape or something to cover the snot of hole in the bad blower, or you are just blowing air out of the bad blower.

 

Now when take the displays down, anything that has a external blower, I store it separate so I can use them as needed.

 

I have often wondered why they don't make a really good blower, sell them separate, and then just sell the "skins" to inflate.  We do all seasons, having separate blowers would be nice.

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No, I've had no luck but that was one of the ideas I've come up with. If I can get the time to sit down and work on it, I want to take my existing, non-functioning inflatables and put them on a base that will be detachable from the blower assembly. Then I can make a single blower base that I'll just switch out inflatable bodies as required.

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