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#567970 - 08/09/05 09:41 AM Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can?
sifan Offline


Registered: 10/21/03
Posts: 883
Loc: Maryland, USA
The throttle body of my '03 Toyota Echo sits very low in the engine bay. To clean the TB I have to remove the battery beside the hose, then hold the can horizontally in order to spray cleaner into the TB. This means I can only use up to half of the can before air coming out of the can. I have 3 half filled cans of TB cleaners lying around. I was hoping to find a longer tube that can be attached to the spary cans to use them up. So far no luck with Lowe's. Does anyone know where to find such a tube?

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#567971 - 08/08/05 10:33 PM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can?
ikeepmychevytoo Offline


Registered: 07/18/03
Posts: 660
Loc: Istanbul, Turkey
Some AC duct/evaporator cleaner aerosols have ~12" extension tubes. If thats enough you may buy one of those and have the AC cleaner as extra. Just an idea.

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#567972 - 08/08/05 11:14 PM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can?
kang Offline


Registered: 01/30/05
Posts: 292
Loc: Here
Believe it or not, I actually connected two of those little red tubes together. I took a match, heated up the ends of the tubes, and stuck them together. I went through about eight tubes before I got two that still passed gas and didnít leak. It was a pain. I tried to get three stuck together, but the failure rate is so much higher than the success rate, I gave up. Once I had a working dual tube, trying to make it three just ended up ruining the working dual tube.

Perhaps someone can come up with a better method than heating the ends with a match.

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#567973 - 08/08/05 11:57 PM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can?
Tosh Offline


Registered: 05/12/05
Posts: 2566
Loc: Silicon Valley
Kang said "passed gas."
Where did you get all the extra tubes to play with? Just picturing you with the matches and the tubes, melting, and probing....
But that actually gives me an idea: a length of small diameter heat shrink tubing over the plastic tube. It would probably just kink, though.

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#567974 - 08/09/05 12:47 AM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can?
kang Offline


Registered: 01/30/05
Posts: 292
Loc: Here
Yep, I found a place to say "passed gas" legitimately. [Smile] I thought about changing it but decided to let it stay.

That picture, ďwith the matches and the tubes, melting, and probingĒ is correct. It was pretty funny.

Iím always losing those little red tubes. They spray off the end of the can and disappear someplace. Iíve made it a habit that when a can gets empty and I still have the tube, I save it. This way, the next time I lose one I have a replacement. There are only a couple different diameters, if you havenít noticed.

The heat shrink wrap sounds like a good idea, but would it be tight enough not to leak and would it keep the ends of the two tubes close enough and aligned enough to work.

I canít believe weíre talking about this. Are we obsessed or what?

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#567975 - 08/09/05 02:11 AM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can?
DriveHard Offline


Registered: 11/24/03
Posts: 366
Loc: Nevada, IA
Have you thought about trying some of the new glues that are out that bond plastic? Not really sure what type of plastic it is...so maybe even some simple model glue would work.

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#567976 - 08/09/05 04:57 AM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can?
kang Offline


Registered: 01/30/05
Posts: 292
Loc: Here
I tried glue. The problem is it tends to flow into the tube so it can no longer "pass gas."

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#567977 - 08/09/05 10:01 AM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can?
tom slick Offline


Registered: 05/26/03
Posts: 8541
Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
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would this work for you?
check out www.mcmastercarr.com and search for "Aerosol Spray Extensions"

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#567978 - 08/09/05 12:55 PM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can?
mechtech Offline


Registered: 08/11/04
Posts: 2387
Loc: Chicago area
Take a suitable piece of common wire [about an inch long], and pull the wire out of it. You now have an butt joint for extending two or more tubes.
We do it all the time in the shop.

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#567979 - 08/09/05 03:12 PM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can?
methusaleh Offline


Registered: 06/09/05
Posts: 382
Loc: New England
What about using heat shrink tubing around the junction of the two tubes?

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#567980 - 08/09/05 06:30 PM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can?
DriveHard Offline


Registered: 11/24/03
Posts: 366
Loc: Nevada, IA
While gluing them together, keep blowing in one end to move the liquid glue around so that they can keep "passing gas"

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#567981 - 08/10/05 01:20 AM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can?
sifan Offline


Registered: 10/21/03
Posts: 883
Loc: Maryland, USA
The aeirsol spray extension from Mc-Master-Carr with 24" coil hose and 16" probe will make cleaning TB a lot more fun and easier. I just ordered one. Thanks to all.

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#2562380 - 03/09/12 01:48 PM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can? [Re: sifan]
vertical510 Offline


Registered: 02/18/12
Posts: 1
Loc: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA
Google search "Extend-A-Lube Super Straws" Aircraft Tool Supply, Aircraft Spruce, and other companies offer these useful tools. There are three 16" focusing tubes to a pack and three Hold-Its, tools that prevent the tubes from popping off the nozzle and becoming lost. They are highly chemically resistant and are compatible with virtually every aerosol except WD40 Smart Straw. Or email Extend-A-Lube directly at extendalube@Yahoo.com. Hope this helps, guys. Best regards.


Edited by vertical510 (03/09/12 01:50 PM)

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#2562644 - 03/09/12 07:09 PM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can? [Re: sifan]
yonyon Offline


Registered: 03/06/12
Posts: 3492
Loc: NJ, USA
Maybe some 5-minute epoxy would be good for gluing two straws together with a piece of single strand wire fitted loosely in the straws so they don't clog.

A bit of teflon tape for a seal and electrical tape for structure to hold should also work and be quicker assuming a one-time use is okay.

The squishy synthetic rubber seal from the back side of an electrical harness connector could also make a good joint. Just remember to put it back where it belongs when you're done so moisture doesn't corrode the terminals.

Do NAPA stores still sell the orange scented throttle body cleaner in cans that spray at almost any angle until 90% used up? I think it's a rebranded 3M product. If so, that might be worth looking into.

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#2562723 - 03/09/12 08:33 PM Re: Where can I find a longer tube for a spray can? [Re: sifan]
scott30si Offline


Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 6
Loc: gages lake, il
I had an electronic repair store. I used mini aquarium tubing with the straw ends. Melted the straws on a 45 degree angle. Made them about 18 or 24" long. Worked great. Cans stayed upright and you could spray in all different angles.

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