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    Re: Source Rubber Bulb for Packard Shutter

    What about using a squeeze bulb from an enema bag or other drug store item?

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    Re: Source Rubber Bulb for Packard Shutter

    The big red bulb and long plastic nozzle that are made for removing acid from a car battery (to put in a hydrometer). I'm not sure if they're even made anymore.

    The plastic part is easily reworked, and the bulb is *large*. My dust blower is made from one of them with the stepped nozzle from a toothpaste-style tube of silicone glued onto the front - cut to the smallest size. It's worked great for several decades now. The dust blower, poked into the tube going to the shutter, also works great, though I don't use the Packard much. You just have to make sure you don't pull the bulb off the tube at a critical moment.

    It looks like Packard's price for their bulb isn't really that much at $15.

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    Re: Source Rubber Bulb for Packard Shutter

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    An inexpensive large ear syringe would work. Knock yourself out.
    .
    That's what I have, cost about $12 at the local pharmacy.

    Oh, and it has little wings so you don't stick it in (your ear) too far.
    --- Steve from Missouri ---

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    Re: Source Rubber Bulb for Packard Shutter

    I know you all love your alternative bulb...beat the system.

    However I need the real thing, meaning what Packard sells.

    It has a removeable wood plug in the top, which I use all the time. The top hole is very handy for 'Bulb' exposures where you want to open the shutter and have it stay open. Then when you want to close the shutter you squeeze the bulb tight with the hole open, plug hole with thumb or the provided wood plug and SUCK the shutter closed.

    Hard to do, but possible, without a bulb with a hole.

    How is a turkey baster at doing that?
    Last edited by Tin Can; 23-Apr-2016 at 14:52.
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    Re: Source Rubber Bulb for Packard Shutter

    Shucks, just trying to be helpful. The turkey baster might work if you have a straight shot at it....
    --- Steve from Missouri ---

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    Re: Source Rubber Bulb for Packard Shutter

    Quote Originally Posted by scheinfluger_77 View Post
    Shucks, just trying to be helpful. The turkey baster might work if you have a straight shot at it....
    I know and I often walk a long way to save a penny.

    However, I have bought 3 of the original and don't regret.

    I actually need 3...
    sin eater

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    Re: Source Rubber Bulb for Packard Shutter

    When my bulb wore out I used the bulb off an old blood pressure cuff. It is still in good condition.


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    Re: Source Rubber Bulb for Packard Shutter

    I just made one using a rubber pipette bulb I had lying around and some elastic tubing I bought for a few dollars at the medical store. Drilled a hole in the bulb for the proper thumb action. Works perfectly.

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