How do u get water out a 55gal barrel : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

too much work with a pump.Thinking of putting a cork or PVC faucet 6inches from bottom.Anyone try.Anyother solutions.

-- e (q@e.e), September 20, 1999



-- tc (, September 20, 1999.

Buy a barrel dolly and barrel stand. You can easily put a bushing in the barrell dung and add a regualar globe valve. The barrel will be in a horz. position on the barrel rack and it will be just like turning on a faucet. For fuel or oil you must ground the barrel to prevent static electricity from blowing up the barrel. A barrel dolly is a must.

-- Carol (, September 20, 1999.

Provided you have electricity, or a rechargable drill of some kind, I found a neat gadget at the hardware store. It is called a drill pump. Basically, a hose screws onto each end of this small unit (the size of a can of coke), and the drill bit extension from the unit is inserted into the end of your drill. When the drill turns, the water flows through the hoses. Cost? $5.00! Not a bad insurance policy.

PS/ A hand-cranked drill could be used if there is no power available.

-- Mr. T (, September 21, 1999.

You might pick up a PYTHON which is used by aquarium enthusiasts for filling and draining big aquariums. The PYTHON attaches to a kitchen sink spout and comes in a number of different lengths. It can also be rigged to redirect water from a barrel to other things without electricity. However, you will need good water pressure. You can find the PYTHON at most big pet stores.

Sincerely, Stan Faryna

-- Stan Faryna (, September 21, 1999.

i agree with the above! siphon!!!! stick a filled hose in the barrel, and it pours out! water to fill a hose?...suck on the hose..gravity does the rest! eddy

-- eddy (, September 21, 1999.

I took one of those plastic hand pumps that you can buy nearly anywhere used for kerosene. Just don't use it for kerosene. Add over the end a clear hose (found at Home Depot) to the tube going into barrel. For just under $5 bucks, you have a good hand pump with extension.

The kerosene pump is white tubing with a red hand bulb to squeeze.

Joe Martin -- Buffalo, Ny

-- Joe Martin (, September 22, 1999.

Siphon - got it; cheap rubber hose pump doohickey - got it; $25 pump from - remember fallbacks for murphy's law.

--Got a bung wrench?

-- flora (***@__._), September 22, 1999.

You don't need to buy anything fancy. And kind of hose will work fine as a siphon. The clear kind you can see right through is good. Our hardware store sells different diameters by the foot. Just suck once to get it moving into the tube, then close the delivery end with a clamp of some kind. Then you'll never have to suck it again. Just open the clamp. When the water level in the barrel gets down so low it won't sipon any more, the barrel will be light enough to turn on its side and tip to get the rest of the water out. Remember to store the barrel where it won't freeze if the power is off.

-- Shivani Arjuna (, September 27, 1999.

We have a 55 gal drum in a spare bedroom closest to the bathroom. We put it up on concrete blocks, on its side, so the water level is above the bathtub height. This way, we can siphon easily into the tub to change out the water monthly, should we not have to use it.

-- sue (, September 28, 1999.

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