As the old saying goes, when life gives you a broken iron, make a steam cleaner. Or something like that. Anyway, [Claudio] from [Accidental Science] had a clothes iron with a broken head that he decided to adapt into a steam blower that can be used to clean PCBs, glassware, degreasing parts or cleaning stains off the couch.
[Claudio] covers everything from tearing down the broken iron to crafting a new tip that avoids problems with water droplets condensing on the brass tip that he used first. After salvaging the switch in the head that controls the steam, he carved a wooden handle that is soaked and coated with high-temperature resin. The hot end was then reinstalled, and the whole thing put together.
This build should be approached with some caution, though: anything that mixes high-pressure steam with electricity has the potential to go wrong in unpleasant ways, so be careful out there.
2 thoughts on “Make A Steam Cleaner From A Broken Clothes Iron”
You can make the steam cleaner from hell using a pressure washer and an induction heating coil.
Hand fabrication skills are top notch with that wooden handpiece. I also liked the bench vise with the table side jaw being the moving one. Keeps it from sticking out into your workspace when open a long way.
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