Prepper Tip – Siphoning

Home Shelter Prepper Tip – Siphoning
Published on July 2, 2016

A video on how to siphon water, fuel or any fluid from one container to another or to empty large tanks,pools or cisterns without a pump.


  1. Mr. S

    Gasoline does not taste bad, Diesel on the other hand is disgusting.


  3. Just thinking out loud here after my long day but couldnt you just use the pool pump to get the water out? We didnt have a floor drain in our pool but Id hook up the cleaning hoses to the pump and then use that to get the water out. Much much faster just have to keep an eye on it when it gets low

  4. n3lee

    As someone that worked in the pool industry for 10+ yrs in new england; I'm surprised to see an above ground pool with a floor drain.   Typically as long as the floor drain is on a diverter valve (so that no more than 50% of your water flow is from the floor) your not required to have a second drain.   From a prepping standpoint, having the floor drain allows you to continue to be able to filter your water with whatever type of medium is available (cartridge filter, earth filter, or sand filter) even after you've used the water to a level below the skimmer (where most installations would stop working.   There are ways to overcome this in a conventional pool; but perhaps if you want to do a 'pool preppers' segment you can zap me a message and we'll discuss that some more..    Otherwise, good advice (as always!)

  5.  would like to see  the well siphoning info as that could be really useful thanks

  6. I had to change the liner on my moms pool also. I just threw the entire hose into the pool, grabbed an end and kinked it. Then pulled the end out of the water and threw it on ground. Spit and sputter as it burped the line, but all the same result as yours. itll burp out the air.

  7. Looking forward to your future "back feeding the house" video.

  8. This is why I bought a couple plastic hand pumps to move kerosene, diesel..  

  9. Why are you so afraid of your house burning down?  Put in a real sprinkler system if you feel it needed.

  10. getting gasoline in the mouth is like getting kicked in the mouth with followed by a taste that is indescribable –so nasty tasting that it hurts haha

  11. If you are replacing the liner, why not just slice the old liner open with a knife? 
    There is no point in siphoning

  12. Wow, can you show exactly how you level an area?  I need that skill.

    Thanks ~ from a non mechanical gal

  13. Hey E775, I have a couple questions. I'm sure others would like to know.. how much electricity does the average home use? So, if you're buying solar panels, what size system might you need? If you decide to use water collection for your home, what's a good pump to use for proper pressure for sinks, toilets, and showers? If you're going to look for land, what are some things to look for when checking out properties? These are questions that folks might need to know to start prepping.

  14. Carry a special siphon tube in your car, by your get back home bag. I have seen children die because they inhale gasoline. Don't take a chance. Some things doctors can NOT fix, like chemical burns to the lungs.

  15. GEEZ!  I coulda saved so many mouthfuls of swamp water from those water beds, back in the day, if I'd used your priming method first.  LOL

  16. So what if you're trying to drain a fuel tank? you cannot exactly put water in the hose.

  17. I usually put one end in the pool, turn on the water and let it stop bubbling, the kink the hose at the valve end. Then disconnect from the water, walk it out and un-kink the hose. Works just fine. :)

  18. Thanks for the basic refresher, good stuff.   I like to learn more about the use of water/tubes and leveling. I have read about it but never seen it used on video.  Thanks TK

  19. Built my house using a water level.  that how i drain mt pool cover or pool when i piut a liner in 

  20. Great video and tip. Hydraulics in action.

  21. Jack T

    How do you level with water?

  22. There are floating firefighting pumps that have a two stroke you may want to look into.  They use these pumps in the outback of Australia since there aren't any pressurized hydrants.


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