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Brandon Currin

Pond Siphon

Pond Siphon




What’s up internet? This ain’t a product testing video or survival video or anything like that. Just something I thought I'd share with you guys just in case some of y'all don't know it or y'all ever come up with a situation where this will be helpful. So I got a little bit of an issue, we've had a metric ton of rain and the pond dam is overflowing and starting to erode and we got even more rain coming tomorrow, so I got to do something about it, if I want to keep a pond dam. So the water level is so high it's coming across the dam and it is starting to erode the dam. I mean, I've lost three-foot ish of dirt right there, it’s washing down there as well. All this water running out. Do you see over here, water was rushing over when the rain was the heaviest, it was rushing all the way across here and down. Same here. There is my outlet for the dam or for the pond. Problem is, I don't have a conventional pipe that overflows into to keep the water level at constant level. What I have, unfortunately, is only a siphon system that’s currently not working, the pipe is stucked up somewhere from this T down to the bottom of the pond.


So this little, I'm guessing three and a half-inch, maybe four-inch pipe is the only thing that's letting water out except for what's flowing over the dam. With fire ants eat me up, I got to try to do this, but I'll get eaten up by fire ants. Dang it! that hurts! So with, look at them, ah. I'm right in the fire ants, fricking tudge. So with it already overflowing, more rain coming tomorrow and water coming from what's feeding this pond on up, I could potentially get my damn breached in the next couple of days. I'm going to make a temporary siphon to help get water out and hopefully drop this level and at least stay ahead of it as it rises over the next couple of days. I just got four 10 foot, four-inch pipe and a T, couple of 45s, couple of 90s and some caps. And I'm going to make, again, a temporary siphon pipe coming in and coming over to dam going down so that I can pull water until I get the level where I'm okay with it, hopefully low enough where I can get to this and try to replace that pipe down there. But main issue is getting this water back, especially over there. So I’ll start putting it together and then we'll see how she works.


So as you can see in the pond it's already starting to drizzle now, rain coming. So this is going to be the part that's down in the pond. I got a little piece of block right here that I want to help weigh it down and I'm going to put a 90 on it, so it's not laying completely on the ground and now you can put this piece on here to get it up a little bit higher. And then got some wire here and I'm going to try to cover that up with to minimize anything clogging it up or getting stuck in there. I have gotten small turtles stuck in that one, that’s why I got that wire around it, so the little turtle could get stuck in there and clog it up and then I'm not draining right, so.


Alright. So now I'm going to put a 45 on the other end and set this in and work my connections back.


Now I'm going to splice the T, to get it right about here. Nothing fancy, right? I ain't even using the right tool.


Oh, the joys of filming by yourself. So I kind of thought as I was building this and the camera fricking quit and I didn't know it. So, so basically what I got, I got the 90 with the wire mesh around it in the pond, coming up to a 45 to a T that’s threaded on top for a cap, come across 45 down to the bottom with a cap on the end. So it’s capped on the end, so what you do is, you fill this up with water, it feels that column all the way to the water pressure of the pond and then it should feel this pipe all the way down to the cap. Once it's full, you cap that off and open that cap and you're probably going to get wet, but it should start draining the pond.


Damn it, got water on my boot.


Come on pull, pull. Full 4-inch column of water. Don’t know how many gallons per minute that is, but that'd be quite a bit. So I had to do a little bit of finagling, finagling is a word, I had to sort of…when you first saw me pop it, it ran for a while, but then it quit for two reasons that I figured; one, I didn't have this thing far enough down to have enough deviation or fall from the rise. And my other problem was, I didn't quite have this T tight enough, so I was sucking a little bit of air, but otherwise pretty good. So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to put this stick right here, edge of this water and see how much the waterfalls, I mean, obviously, I'm pulling from the original drain or siphon where it's busted off at the T, which ain't doing a whole heck of a lot, but maybe similar to this. So maybe technically eight inches worth of drainage and then of course the water running across over here still making it drain. But this is better than nothing. That is a basic, simple roughly put together siphon. And I'm just going to let this run for I  don’t know, a couple of days at least, maybe more, see what it does. You can see a whirlpool right there where it’s sucking. Booya!!!!

Morning. So before I let you guys go on this, I figured let's have an update in the same video. So it's about 7: 30 the next day. I want to say I had that running at five o'clock yesterday, so what's that? 14 hours-ish. 14 and a half hours of it running. I have not looked at it yet, I'm very…I just looked up. It's working great. So let's see how much the pond has dropped for 14 hours of draining with a four-inch pipe. Turn you guys around. Heck, yeah brother, heck yeah. Alright, so the water has come back pretty good. Pretty good. These stumps were underwater yesterday for the most part, so you can see it starting to rain. You're going to get a bunch of rain today. A bunch of rain is coming today. Bunch of rain is coming today. Yeah, she's still going. Okay, down there still going. Water is not coming across the dam anymore. Which was the main goal. So, all this was underwater. So that's no longer happening. Let's look at the stick that we put him in the ground. So we’ll see the back, that part was yesterday maybe, I don’t know, 9, 10 inches, 11 inches. This is the problem with y’all. A turtle, a turtle cage. It’s getting junk all over this. Yeah, still removing water. Awesome.


Alright, it works folks. So if you ever run into a situation where you need to move water in a pond. I don't know, a flooded area. If you need to move water, this could be a way to do it right here for you. Give it a shot. Pretty simple to do, cheap to do. It's basically if you got pipeline around and if you don't, I mean this whole setup here, let's see, I had four 10 foot sticks, some fittings, I think I had like $100 in it. A $100 is a small price to pay in fixing that if that right there ever got breached. Here's your video folks, hope you guys enjoyed it, hope it was informational. Sorry if it wasn't a whole lot of comedy relief in it like it usually is. But there's more of that coming, I promise you. So, as always, I appreciate you guys watching. Be sure to like and comment down below. If you're watching on YouTube, be sure to hit the bell icon so you can be notified for more videos. And if you watch it on Facebook, share it with your friend. They have ponds, maybe they could benefit from building a Siphon. Oh yeah.

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