Sunday, October 30, 2005

Bellows Pump is All Air

Sometimes an item shows great promise, but just doesn't deliver. I purchased this Greatland Outdoors foot-controlled bellows pump from a store's camping section thinking it would be just the ticket for blowing up an air mattress we use now and then and an inflatable pool for the back yard. It was only around $10 and seemed simple and effective: you step on it repeatedly, it forces out air, and you pump up your item while getting a little exercise.

Unfortunately, it's a bust. Even someone who has been smoking cigarettes for two decades could blow up an air mattress faster than this thing. By the time you get something even half pumped, you'll have a cramp in your quadracep that will hurt for days. I don't know how they messed up something that looks this simple, but the bottom line is, it just doesn't work.

Now I'm not sure what to do with it, besides adding to our landfill volume. If I give it away, it's got to be to someone I don't like...

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