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omnidirectional spray bottle nuts

Finally, a simple mod to make your spray bottles work in any orientation. Yup, upside down, sideways, and weirdly angled. Maker and DIY evangelist Jason Poel Smith shared the hack on Make: Projects, and we had it illustrated by the talented Julie West and ran it on the pages of MAKE Volume 33. The trick? If you replace the spray bottle’s hard suction tube with flexible tubing and add weight to the end (like stainless steel nuts), the tubing will naturally fall to the lowest point of the container. Simple as 1-2-3.

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  1. trkemp says:

    If you made the weight out of something like HDPE you might not need to worry about corrosion.

  2. jtbrohard says:

    use plastic instead of stainless steel, then you do not have to take it apart every time. I would imagine it would not have to be very heavy to move the hose. Check out your local hardware isle.

  3. daenris says:

    This is exactly the idea behind a lot of newer baby straw sippy cups. The straw is flexible silicone that has a weight at the end, so they can still drink from the cup at pretty much any angle.

  4. FredB says:

    Radio control model airplanes already use the hardware you need in their fuel tanks. Stop in at a hobby shop and get the silicone tubing and the barbed weight these guys use.

  5. nashblackcat says:

    Would an aquarium airstone work? I will have to try it.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airstone

  6. Alan S. Blue says:

    Leave a one-quarter inch portion of the tubing extending beyond the weights and tape over the very end.

    Then heat shrink tubing over the weights.

    Then Plasti-dip and re-open the end.