Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Our Hacked Sodastream

Yikes Sodastream.  Your refills are pricey.

  Our solution..... We looked on-line and found CO2 Doctor.  Make sure you buy pressure rated parts.  Compressed gasses can be very dangerous.    The parts are very pricey but the service was awesome.  We bought a 20 pound CO2 tank from a local supplier.

Because hubby and man child are avid paintballers, we had an abundance of  20 ounce CO2 tanks for paintball guns.  We ran a hose from our Sodastream machine, through the counter top, to a paintball canister.

The CO2 container has to be upright and not on its side.  This was an easy fix.  Cut the shelf and drill a new hole for the support.

We had to drill two holes into the countertop.  The first hole is for the hose.  This hole goes right through the counter top to the cupboard below.  The Sodastream machine is plastic and lightweight and I felt it would get knocked off the counter, so it too is attached to the countertop from the second hole, which is only drilled halfway through the counter top.  The bolt was epoxied in, and a hole drilled through the base of the Sodastream drip tray.

A Dremel tool was used to grind away the ribs to make room for the nut.

I  hardly lost any cupboard space.

  Now it sits firmly on the counter top with little fear of cheap plastic shards all over the floor.