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Talk:Asthma inhaler spacers

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Fantastic Page[edit]

Hi Steve,

Great work on this important page. I think we should add some more categories, e.g. Category:How tos for sure and Category:Medical care or something like that. Thank you for your fantastic work. --Lonny 11:20, 1 September 2007 (PDT)

Review of our spacer building party[edit]

We had between 5 and 6 people working for about three and a half hours and made almost 200 spacers. The process went well. Unexpectedly, the Dasani bottles that I bought have been redesigned with thinner plastic (a friend in the bottled water industry tells me that many companies are doing this to reduce shippings costs that have gone up with fuel prices) that also has ridges. This means that the spacers ended up being less durable and the stickers did not get to lay smoothly on a flat surface. The good new about this was that the drilling process and the de-burring process were a lot faster as we were working with thinner material. We did reuse the water that was in the bottles to rinse the bottles after drillin and de-burring. Even though we also watered a nearby tree, it was hard to watch all that water not being used, especially here in the desert. All told: 200 bottle spacers replacing $30 commercial spacers that would have had to be purchased by uninusred patients comes out to $6000. Not bad for three and a half hours of work. Steve.mccrosky 06:36, 29 October 2007 (PDT)

One-off production?[edit]

A few thoughts... I was originally thinking of suggesting this for a friend who has two children with asthma, but then realized that it's not meant for one off production. I'm sure it's possible to make one at home with just a box cutter (retractable knife), but there's a serious risk of the knife slipping and causing an injury, and it would be hard to be confident of the outcome (is this gap too big? what if it's not quite right - will my child be okay?)

I suppose it depends on the level of skill of the person doing it... Do you have any suggestions? Thanks. --Chriswaterguy 11:32, 7 August 2008 (PDT)

There is actually one article that recommends cutting with a knife and then a quick rebuttal by the developers talking about how unsafe this is. In Africa they burn the hole, but I decided that this wouldnt be accepted very well here in the US. I hadnt meant for the how-to to be for individual production, though if someone had the tools, they could do it. Steve.mccrosky 20:43, 7 August 2008 (PDT)