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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-28-2008, 03:57 AM Thread Starter
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Automatic siphon (pump)

As promised in the equipment forum here is my DIY "Python" pump:

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Parts list:
  • one 1/2" FIP to F Hose
  • one 1/2" FIP to M Hose
  • one 1/2" MIP to M Hose
  • one 1/2" x 1/2" FIP 1/4 turn full port ball valve
  • one 1/2" x 1/2" x 1/2" FIP T
  • three 1/2" hex nipples
  • one HDPE nozzle from empty tube of silicone (ensure tip opening is approx. 3/16" in diameter)
  • PTFE tape or pipe dope
Assembly issues:

The most imprtant part is the venturi created by the HDPE nozzle from an empty tube of silicone. The base must be trimmed to fit within the 1/2" FIP socket of the 1/2" FIP to F Hose fitting, pointing down and through the 1/2" hex nipple that connects it to the T. The tip opening should be no greater than 3/16" in diameter.

I think the photos are self explanatory for those mechanically inclined. If you need any further info please feel free to PM me.
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How much did all that cost you?


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Not sure, parts are commonly available at any HD, Rona, or Lowes.

I already had some parts and just bought what I needed but have since expensed the receipt (I am a General Contractor) and am too lazy to find it.

If I had to guess probably about $20 to $25. You could substitute PVC close nipples, a PVC T, and a PVC full port 1/4 turn ball valve to save some $$, but the hose attachment parts are (I think) only available in brass.
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Only reason I ask is because if you used the Python parts for just what you built, it would be about $10-$13 depending on where you shopped.

Not saying its not a nice little build, and if you have the parts handy, go for it!


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To my knowledge we dont have Pythons here in Australia (well I've never seen one).. so this is a handy DIY.
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I like it!

Sure, it may be more expensive than using Python parts, but I bet this one is a lot harder to break.

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