• If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

    My DIY. Grit Guard alternative, this is my weekend project.

    1. Tools:

    -Hacksaw
    -Wirecutter
    -Iron file
    -Ruler
    -Pocket knife
    -Pen
    -Tooth brush
    -Drill (forgot to take a pic)
    -Some cable ties (forgot to take a pic)
    -Sand paper (forgot to take a pic)


    2. Material

    -Egg Create / Light Diffuser. I have this at my home.


    -Plactic board, in this case I'm using cheap writing pads. I bought 2 of them each $1.4.


    3 Process
    -Cut Egg Crate to a round shape, so it will positioned approx. 2.5" from the bottom of the bucket.
    -Cut plastic board as shown in the photo. Make some holes for the cable ties. This plastic board will be the stand for the Egg Create.


    -Use tooth brush and sand paper or iron file to remove any plastic fragments.


    -Plastic board assembly, using cable ties. More chambers to minimize water turbulence.


    -Egg Crate assembled together with the plastic board part, using cable ties.


    -Bottom view:


    -Side view:


    -Perfectly fit in my 5 gal. bucket:


    -Fill with water, it does not float, stick at the bottom of the bucket:


    -I made two of them, one for soap bucket and one for rinse bucket:


    -Labour cost: 4 hours, Material cost: approx. 5 bucks

    4. Conclusion:
    -Cheap alternative Grit Guard.
    -More chambers (6 instead of 4) to minimize water turbulance.
    -I am happy with the result.


    Thanks.

  • #2
    Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

    That's great!
    Scott

    Comment


    • #3
      Wow thats a great idea. I use odd shaped buckets (42 lb. Cat litter buckets) that I've been trying to figure something out with. This is perfect! You can custom make any shape! Thanks a lot!

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

        You're a lot more talented and have more patience than I do!
        2021 BMW X3M Competition - Donington Gray
        2020 Chevy Bolt - Arctic White
        2019 Fiat 124 Spider - Brillante

        Some look better than others....

        Comment


        • #5
          Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

          Yes, it require some patience, expecially shaping out the egg crate. But it really worth the result.

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

            Originally posted by ca_999 View Post
            Yes, it require some patience, expecially shaping out the egg crate. But it really worth the result.
            Not to mention hand cramps from cutting the thick egg crate material. LOL JK. It's not a Great idea, it's a 'Grate' Idea.!

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

              I've seen a few DIY grit guards over the years and this is probably one of the best ones.

              Good result!
              Originally posted by Blueline
              I own a silver vehicle and a black vehicle owns me. The black one demands attention, washing, detailing, waxing and an occasional dinner out at a nice restaurant. The silver one demands nothing and it looks just fine. I think the black vehicle is taking advantage of me, and the silver car is more my style. We can go out for a drive without her makeup and she looks fine. If I want to take the black one out, it is three or four hours in the "bathroom" to get ready.

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

                Nice job!

                Bill

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

                  Nice work there...but you have way toooooo much patience.
                  I just ordered a couple grit guards online cuz i'm lazy
                  "STRIFE" aka Phil
                  2005 Infiniti G35 Coupe (IP/ aka White) the Toy
                  2011 Subaru Impreza (SWP/ aka White) the DD
                  2017 Subaru Forester (CWP/ aka White) Wifey's

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

                    Great work. Unfortunately I am 'Handy Challenged'. I probably saw off couple of my fingers.
                    2010 Subaru Legacy GT - Graphite Gray Metallic

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

                      I made my own grit guard also. However all I did was find 2 buckets that will fit inside each other. Drilled a LOT of holes in the bottom of one bucket and then put them inside one another.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

                        Thanks. I love DIY, it is another fun way to spend my spare time.
                        Next I am gonna DIY make a dual bucket dolly system.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

                          Great idea, but I'll file this under the category of "Worth the money to just buy one." Can't knock you for saving a few dollars and having an afternoon project though!

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

                            Originally posted by ethereal45 View Post
                            Great idea, but I'll file this under the category of "Worth the money to just buy one." Can't knock you for saving a few dollars and having an afternoon project though!
                            I must say, I definately agree with you, if you are living in the US. But remember, not all of us have such priviledge.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Re: DIY. Grit Guard, weekend project.

                              Those look like they should work every bit as well as the originals, if not better. The extra baffles should cut down on water movement even more as you hypothesized.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X