What's the easiest way to drain a pool at low cost?
I have a swamp that I need to drain and refill. It's a pain siphoning
with a garden hose. I have a pool vacuum hose (1.5 inches in diameter)
but it's hard to suction by mouth.
Any way to cheaply generate suction on a 1.5 inch vacuum hose?
To empty a pool? The shop vacs I'm familiar with
fill up the canister and then you have to turn it off
and either open a drain cock or spill it out.
I see 3 choices:
A - Rent a gas powered pump and empty it out
B - Buy an electric pump and empty it out slowly
over a day+
C- Adapt some of the existing pool pump plumbing
to a flex hose and use that to pump it out.
I think the idea was, hook the shop vac to the 1.5 inch hose
to get a siphon running.
Well, if that wasn't the idea...it's worth a try.
My last go around with this was the big 1.5 inch hose is too
big and the siphon lets air in and stops.
For about $65 to $75 you can get a pump from HD or Lowes.
It's how I drain my pond. The more you spend the faster it will drain.
If you're not in a hurry get a smaller fountain pump. Probably around $45.
On Fri, 04 May 2012 10:10:15 -0700, chaniarts wrote:
I don't know if it's illegal - but it's just water.
You could drink it (if you wanted to).
Sure, it has algae in it - but they're natural.
Anyway, there's no way the neighbors can miss it with the hose coursing
out to the front yard to the sidewalk ... so ... if anyone driving by or
walking by has a problem with it - I'm sure they'll knock on my door.
On Fri, 04 May 2012 10:38:05 -0700, chaniarts wrote:
What's so bad about pool water?
It has no chlorine in it (based on my tests and those from Leslies).
You could drink it if you wanted to and it wouldn't hurt you (I don't use
So why would it be illegal to water the street? It gets wet every time it
rains? I don't get it (obviously I'm missing something).
it's the 30-40k gallons of water into the storm drains at once. that
water has to go someplace, and some cities don't want home owners to
dump things in there. it's sized for rainwater, not people emptying pools.
Assuming you're not on the top of a hill ...
Look into a submersible pump. Make sure you get one that will pump 'up
hill' higher than the depth of your pool. The bigger the pump the faster it
I remember trying sucking on a pool hose last year.
Not so easy. I was able to stick it under water then hold my
hand over the end, lift it over the edge and get the siphon
flowing, but it kept loosing air and stopped. Plus the end in
the pool kept floating to the surface.
Anyway, if you have more than one garden hose, try using
more than one at a time.
If it's dirty water you're trying to take out to put in fresh,
I wouldn't do that. I'd clean it up with the filter.
Go to HarborFreight.com......... Search part # 68422 . I have had this pump
for over 5 years,draining my above ground pool, my hot tub and my fish
pond. Drain hose hooks up to a garden hose or with either of the three
adapters a larger hose. I only use the 5/8 garden hose because it is
available and convenient.
Price is $49.99 then use your 20% discount and you have a great little pump
for $40.00 . Yes , it is slow but works like a champ for what you are
needing it for!
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