Water pumps are used for a variety of reasons --- to move water up a hill, out of the bilge of a boat, or from a low or hard-to-reach area such as a basement. When you can't let gravity move the water for you, build a simple hand pump out of inexpensive and commonly available parts. Access to electricity isn't necessary to make and use this suction pump.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 1/2-inch PVC pipe
- 2 1/2-inch PVC check valves
- 1/2-inch wooden dowel
- 3-inch square craft foam
Saw an 18-inch length of 1/2-inch PVC pipe and a 24-inch length of 1/2-inch wooden dowel.
Cut three circles of craft foam to be just over 1/2 inch in diameter.
Drill a hole in the centre of the end of the dowel and attach the craft foam circles with the screw and washer. This is your piston. Insert it into the 18-inch length of PVC pipe.
Add a "T" PVC fitting to the end of the 18-inch pipe setting.
Cut two 6-inch pieces of 1/2-inch PVC pipe and insert them into either end of the "T" fitting.
Fit the check valves on either side of the 6-inch PVC pipe pieces.
Add more pipe pieces, elbows and hoses to either end of the check valves based on your pumping needs.
Tips and warnings
- If you want your pump to stay in one configuration, use PVC cement to attach the pieces together.
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