Step 6: Build a Clamp for the Bottle

zip ties lining the rim of a 2-liter bottle on a piece of PVC pipe with duct tape wrapped around the ties
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Using duct tape, tape nine cable ties together so that they all face in the same direction. Make sure the cable ties are parallel and their heads are lined up evenly. Tape over both sides so that no adhesive is showing.

Slide a soda bottle over the end of the pipe and seat it against the bulge. Wrap the cable ties around the pipe so that the head of each tie faces inward and catches the lip of the bottle, holding the bottle tight to the bulge. Secure the cable ties in this position by tightening the hose clamp around the duct tape.
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    Tools List

    • hacksaw
      hacksaw
    • drill
      drill/driver fitted with a ½-inch bit
    • adjustable pliers
      pliers
    • utility scissors
      scissors

    Shopping List

    1. 10-foot length of ½-inch PVC pipe
    2. ½-inch PVC tee
    3. two ½-inch PVC end caps
    4. 2-inch-long scrap of 1½-inch PVC pipe
    5. PVC pipe cleaner
    6. PVC pipe cement
    7. replacement valve for a tubeless tire
    8. plastic cable ties, aka zip ties
    9. birthday candle
    10. duct tape
    11. clamp for 1½-inch hose
    12. two 2-liter soda bottles
    13. string (regular twine or cotton string is fine)