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Article - DIY Faucet Pump (Comments)

PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:31 pm
by Sundance
:clapping: Well done, sir!

Is the increased flow attributed to the wider hose, connections, and valves - thus more water flow, faster?

Either way, anything that speeds up the process is worth $15.


PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:31 pm
:clapping: :waahooo: :bow: YOU ARE THE MAN! MY PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED! :yippee:

Re: Article - DIY Faucet Pump

PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:21 pm
by Hurriken
I Hope it's OK to reply here. I used J.B.s design and built my own. He suggested I put a valve at the bottom instead of a cap. It was very easy and it cost about $8.


What I found is that this thing could be used for strip mining! When filling the tank I have to be careful when opening the valve because the water explodes out of the end. I'll get back to that in a moment. The suction is only slightly better than my Python. I think there are two reasons for that. I have the 50' Python and the sink is only 15 feet away from my tanks. The faucet is on the same level as the big tanks while the tens are even lower.

It does drain slow but I can leave it to drain and clean the substrate with another hose and a bucket. I know I'm still using a bucket but I'm not filling nearly as much water. When I fill I don't close the valve all the way. That way it doesn't blow the glass out of the tank. A slight exaggeration, but only slight. I believe now that Python designed the head to leak on purpose for this very reason. I don't see why the hose end couldn't be duplicated also. I may Even do it so I have a shorter hose.

Also I advise doing what J.B. did and cut the hose pieces so the plastic adapters are almost flush. Even though my sink is deep the hose could be raised up higher to increase siphon flow.

Re: Article - DIY Faucet Pump

PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:56 pm
by J.B.
Very nice "Home-Slice". I'll be making use of mine tomorrow when I do my weekly WCs. I wish I could add a ball-valve to mine, but my sink is shallow and I don't believe I could fit one on there...oh well

Glad it worked out for ya!

Re: Article - DIY Faucet Pump

PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:25 pm
by Hurriken
What if you put an elbow at the top? I'm not sure if it would still work horizontally or not.