How to Create a Siphon With a Hose

A siphon is a useful tool that can help move a liquid from one container to another.

Siphoning a liquid can be a messy hassle without proper instructions.Siphoning a liquid can be a messy hassle without proper instructions.
Some of the most common uses for a siphon are filling and emptying fish tanks and removing gas from cars. Creating a siphon with a hose is easy but can be a messy hassle if you do not do it properly.

Put the hose into the container from which you wish to remove liquid. Be sure that the hole of that end of the hose is submerged in the liquid.

Place the bucket on the ground below the container that you are removing liquid from.

Insert the turkey baster into the end of the hose that is not submerged in the liquid.

Squeeze the turkey baster repeatedly until the liquid comes through the hose.

Remove the turkey baster from the hose and quickly point the hose into the bucket. Be sure that the end of the hose in the liquid stays submerged.

Direct the liquid from the hose into the bucket until the other container is drained.

Things You Will Need

  • Clear hose 1 foot longer than distance needed
  • Turkey baster
  • Large bucket

Warnings

  • Be sure that the container being drained into is large enough to hold the liquid from the other container.
  • Some people use suction with their mouths to start the siphon process. This is dangerous with gasoline, as illness can result if you swallow even a small amount.

About the Author

Kenyor Rogers started writing short stories and sports articles in 1998. His short stories have appeared in the "Home and School" newsletter and an economics article he co-wrote appeared in the "Tiger Times." His expertise ranges from electronics to simple home repairs. Rogers is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in economics from Clemson University.