Many people who are budgeting for gas on a weekly basis are falling short more and more frequently. They have resorted to taking the bus one or two days per week in order to stay within their budget and save money on their gas bill. The newest and most innovative way to save money on gas is the homemade HHO generator for cars. Not wanting to miss out on this idea I made an attempt to make cheap one of my own and convert my car to a water car.
There are number of ways to implement this build and first on the agenda is the construction of the HHO generator. A quick trip over to your corner hardware store will result in you acquiring most of the materials needed for the build. Many kits will require the use of stainless steel plates or stainless steel wire. If you go with the plates you will need to sand them to remove the glossy surface, this sanding process creates a rough surface resulting in a better release of the HHO gas. You may use this process for the stainless steel wire as well.
The best container for the cell itself is a clear water filter housing which runs around $15.00. This filter housing already comes with a screw on plastic lid with a tough o-ring rubber seal. You will need to drill holes in the lid and add a few connections for the hoses and electrodes. A one way valve is required on the outlet hose which leads into a bubbler, this bubbler and valve isolates the main cell from any backpressure. You will also need fittings to hook up the bubbler outlet tube to the air intake duct.
Whether wire or plates are used there will be positive electrodes (anode) and negative electrodes (cathode). Stainless steel plates will need holes to be drilled in the tops for connections that run through the lid to form protruding poles for the battery connections. Some people use a – NNN + NNN – configuration which means 1 positive electrode, 2 negative electrodes and 6 neutral plates which are not connected to anything. These neutral plates reduce the current flowing in the circuit. A mixture of stainless steel and plastic bolts can be used to connect and insulate the various plates.
Have you ever noticed how convenient those giant office super stores are? I mean we all use them. They’re on every corner out here in the suburbs of Boston. It’s Officethis or Officethat or something like Paperclips, you know, all the major players. Well, I’ve recently realized that over the past 10 years of prosperity that my small business has been paying a huge premium for this convenience. In the past several months, as a result of the recent economic downturn in our local economy, I have been doing everything I can to plug the holes in our spending and trying to “trim the fat” so to speak. Fortunately this is something that myself, my competition and other local business owners are not familiar with. We have all prospered and have rarely, if ever, worried about money.
One evening I was shopping with my family at Wal-Mart loading up on family stuff and I couldn’t help but notice that the same 100ct (or very similar) manila folders that I paid nearly $7.00 for several hours earlier at Officethat were available at Wal-Mart at an everyday low price of $1.77. Now, I never claimed to be a genius but a $5.00 difference on a product that I buy 5 boxes of a month is a $25.00 a month savings. That of course is $300 a year.
I quickly realized that I was on to something but I figured it was just a fluke. I had also bought a new water bubbler and a mini bar type refrigerator earlier and they both cost $149.00 each so I figured I would go and check out that aisle as well. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found a water bubbler/mini fridge combo for only $99.00. Of course I bought it on the spot and when I got back to my office the next morning I repackaged the fridge and water bubbler and back to Office that they went with five boxes of manila folders and a few other overpriced items and I saved more than $225.00. Not too shabby. And to think that this was only one trip over the past ten years. How much could I have been saving the whole time?
When I try to mention this finding to people in my local business community I hear things like “who cares, it’s all a write off anyway” or “you should buy American”(as if these office superstores are all loaded with American made products.) These are both some of the worst excuses for spending way too much money for no reason I have ever heard. It is all a write off but saving several hundred dollars a month on office products allows more flexibility in other areas of my business. As far as the old “Buy American” thing, this one makes me laugh; I would literally have to hire a full time employee to determine what is made here and what isn’t. I usually just respond with something like “I’ll buy everything American if you start buying American gasoline or start riding your bicycle.” I am as American as the next person whose ancestors came over on the Mayflower but the bottom line is that when I am done with my office supply purchases now I have a lot of money left over.