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06-21-2005, 12:37 PM
Had one of those little round wasp nest about the size of a tennis ball in my tractor shed. I took it out with my Walther PPK CO2 powered BB gun. Chewed it up in fast semi-auto fire. Used that gun because it wouldn't put any holes in my shed. Been thinking about welding an airfitting to a CO2 cartridge so I can hook my aircompressor up to it and shoot the devil out of the gun. Anyone ever done this? Know anything about what kind of pressure the CO2 cartridges have in pounds per square inch so I can adjust my regulator?
06-21-2005, 01:14 PM
Remember those BB machine guns that used a can of R-12 to operate? One of my friends had one that we hooked up to shop air. Regulated it to 75 PSI because we were afraid to go higher. That thing was lots of fun.
06-21-2005, 05:46 PM
Joe; your'e playin' with fire! About 25 years ago I swatted one of those with my hand in a barn, those hateful M####$#F###### stung the everlovin' **** out of me- ended up seeing the doc, was sick for a week! To this day I still steer clear of them- lesson learned!
06-22-2005, 12:08 AM
.............Don't know about the PSI in a co2 capsule but unless it was aluminum I'd go ahead and weld a fitting on to one and try it. Start low and crank up the line pressure valve and see what it does.
BTW, a good thing for wasp's nests is carbureter cleaner, and you can spray from a distance. Works like freaking magic. Someone else had mentioned hair spray, but I've never tried that. Supposed to mess up their wings or something. Carbureter cleaner just swats'em out of the air right now!
06-22-2005, 12:32 AM
Heck just hot soapy water on wasps,douse em good and you can stomp everyone of them before they fly. Done that all my life and only been stung once while doing it I think. Once for sure was in Myrtle Beach,SC and one stung me before I doused---they were smaller--I think hornets. Wasps arent that aggressive. As far as the pressure in a C02 cartridge,it has to be pretty high as they have enough volume to inflate a May West type life preserver. I have high doubts of your compressor(no offense to your compressor)having enough oommph to do any harm.
06-22-2005, 05:11 AM
What about those BB firing machine guns they have at carnivals, where you shoot out the target and get a prize. Arent they operated by compressed air?
06-22-2005, 06:13 AM
One thing I learned doing cable TV installs is that if you run out of bug spray, that spray lithium grease works just as good on those open front hornets nests, the grease stops them from flying, they are pretty harmless then.
06-22-2005, 07:09 AM
Wow...lot of interesting stuff here. Carpetman it's not the pressure you need to inflate those lifevests, but the volume to fill it up. Those CO2 cartridges might also work more on gas expansion in the bb guns more so then what we may think. I may try to give Crossman or Daisy a phonecall an inquire.
I've found Yellow Jackets the worse to deal with. Very aggressive and pound for pound (or would that be grain for grain?) they have the more painful sting. I get a big welt from being stung by them and the whole incident last for days on me. I'm not allergic to bee stings thank goodness. My method for larget hornet/wasp nests in trees is my 20 ga Browning pump with #9 bb's. Three shots as fast as I can pump them accurately and usually no nest and no survivors! Of course this is only good out in the country not in town. It's also not real good for the tree.
06-22-2005, 08:29 AM
Joe,how are you gonna get that much volume in a c02 cartridge without a lot of compressing it? Isn't that compression gonna create a lot of pressure? If you can figure a way to get the volume to fill a May West life preserver into a little C02 cartridge but with low pressure let me know. Did you sell your car because you needed gas money?
06-22-2005, 09:21 AM
Ray, the secret is that under a moderate pressure CO2 condenses by a couple thousand-to-one, volume-wise, into a liquid; a little more pressure and it solidifies to "dry ice". Exposed to ambient pressure (i.e., in the open air) the liquid in the cartridge turns back to gas (and dry ice "sublimes" directly to gaseous CO2). I don't have the pressures handy, but think they are more or less in the same range as propane, ammonia, etc. floodgate
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