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Cruising the clearance section in housewares at TJMaxx I found a suction cup caddy designed to prevent your beer from sliding around on a boat or other smooth surface marked down to $2 each. The size seemed odd but upon reading the label and seeing it is an Austrailan product the size made sense: it appears to be scaled to fit a Fosters beer can.

Called a "Spink" it is made by a company called "Dreamfarm".

I found the materials for my latest iteration of DIY diffusers (plastic cutting board sheets shown below) in the same section at TJMaxx so the DIY wheels started turning in my brain and I realized it would make a great gizmo to attach an OCF to a window or mirror. I already have super clamps and arms, A clamp mounts, and a board with a lighting stud on it I can bungie to trees or place on top of a ladder. The suction cup mount rounds out the collection.

http://super.nova.org/XP/Equipment/Spink02.jpg

The lever inside applies the vacuum. It's hard to get it off a glass surface even after the lever is released. I just needed to drill a hole for the 1/4-20 bolt need to mount the supplied flash foot.

http://super.nova.org/XP/Equipment/Spink01.jpg

It also works well as a lens caddy:
http://super.nova.org/XP/Equipment/Spink03.jpg
http://super.nova.org/XP/Equipment/Spink04.jpg

Next stop is the grocery store so I can try it out with a cold can of Fosters




Jan 25, 2013 at 06:08 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · DIY Suction Cup Speedlight Mount


Nice find! It's $20 at Amazon.com.


Jan 25, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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I bought two. There were four more there. Maybe I should go back get them. A better investment than AAPL.

Edit: Went to a different TJMaxx two days later and found six more on sale for only $1. I paid twice as much!


http://super.nova.org/XP/Equipment/Spink05.jpg

As the labels indicate it wasn't a hot item. But then about the only place you'd really need one for the intended use is on a fiberglass boat lacking cup holders.



Jan 26, 2013 at 12:26 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · DIY Suction Cup Speedlight Mount


Fosters is an exported beer only. We dont drink it in Australia. Used to but you cant get it anymore in hotels/bars.


Jan 29, 2013 at 06:55 AM
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Interesting, I was just looking a suction cup device on display at a hardware store the other day. Too bad, there's no TJMaxx around here.

Now for the real question: No Foster's ... then what does a mate drink? It's been about 30 years since I was last in Brisbane. I expect things are a bit different now.



Jan 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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Adrian Fischer wrote:
Fosters is an exported beer only. We dont drink it in Australia. Used to but you cant get it anymore in hotels/bars.


After trying one I can understand the reason why

http://super.nova.org/EDITS/Fosters.jpg

iPhone 5 photo.


Edited on Jan 30, 2013 at 03:16 AM · View previous versions



Jan 29, 2013 at 01:36 PM
 

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RustyBug wrote:
Interesting, I was just looking a suction cup device on display at a hardware store the other day. Too bad, there's no TJMaxx around here.


I recently had to replace the HD on my iMac which involves pulling off the glass before seeing these and spent $10 for a pair of bathroom plungers for the task.

If I act quickly I can corner the local market for them. How many would you like for the low... low... everyday price of $19.95 + S&H. But wait ..... Special today only, 2 for the price of 1, just pay the extra S&H **

** S&H: $49.95 ea. by slow mule train/dog sled depending on season. $99.95 ea. by UPS ground (more or less the same delivery time). Using your credit card? That will be a 4% surcharge




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Jan 29, 2013 at 01:42 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · DIY Suction Cup Speedlight Mount


$1 that's an awesome price!. I'll check TJMaxx today.


Jan 29, 2013 at 01:46 PM
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Clever!

And in keeping with the spirit of this thread I'll add my contribution: Studies have shown that the quality of the vacuum will affect the holding power. I'm prepared to provide the cleanest vacuum available (I use a vacuum cleaner!). I will offer cans of clean vacuum at a substantial discount. Contact me for details.

Rob



Jan 29, 2013 at 01:51 PM
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_Rob_S_ wrote:
Clever!

And in keeping with the spirit of this thread I'll add my contribution: Studies have shown that the quality of the vacuum will affect the holding power. I'm prepared to provide the cleanest vacuum available (I use a vacuum cleaner!). I will offer cans of clean vacuum at a substantial discount. Contact me for details.

Rob

It really sucks you jumping on my thread like that...



Jan 29, 2013 at 02:54 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · DIY Suction Cup Speedlight Mount


That is a GREAT mount.

I was lucky and got one in a grab box from KEH.

http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h332/sweetmk22/Photography/tripod_zpse3a248f9.jpg

I use it frequently. I would never own one if I had to buy it at the normal price.



Feb 01, 2013 at 11:18 PM





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