Fill Four Containers at Once




About: I sit at my desk at the clinic for six hours a day; often, during the middle of the day, you can find me drawing a new idea on a scrap of paper. I enjoy making projects and fixing things around the house. ...

I dislike buying new bottles of spring water in the store so wanted to devise a way to fill the empty bottles with refill water I get from the grocery store. I call it "the container-filling udder", but it's really not a romantic name. How about "the four-container filler"? ;) You can use the system for beverages other than water. Iced tea, lemonade and carbonated beverages (as long as you don't mind the fizz dissipating) are other good candidates for this system.

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Step 1: Drill Four Holes and Epoxy in the Spouts

I drilled four holes in the bottom of a flat-bottomed container. The red circles you see are plastic cake decorating nozzles I had from a project I did long ago. After drilling the holes, I put a small ring of the two-part epoxy around the hole and pushed down on the cake decorating nozzles until they were firmly set.

Step 2: Epoxy Under the Spouts

Mix up more of the two-part epoxy and dab it around the spouts on the bottom of your container to ensure they don't move. The epoxy doesn't really come into contact with your beverage, so use as much as you need to prevent leaks.

Step 3: Prepare Your Containers

Place a shallow pan under the containers you want to fill. Although this system is quite precise, there have been times where I have forgotten to watch the level of the beverage and have overflowed a container. The containers need to be spaced to fit under the spouts.

Step 4: Fill Your Containers

Place your udder over the container, making sure that each spout is in the container you want to fill. It may seem somewhat unsteady when you pour your beverage, so as a precaution, hold the udder as you fill. Occasionally, due to the slope of the countertop or the height of the containers, one will fill faster than the others. Be sure not to overfill the udder, or you'll have a spill on your hands. The shallow pan under your containers should catch it, but it would be disappointing to waste your beverage.

Enjoy the ease with which you can fill four containers at once!

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    9 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Just wanted to add, for health sake, that you should not re-use water bottles more than twice as they can leech harmful chemicals from the plastic into the water which you then ingest.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Eh!? You do know that plastic bottles are re-used by the company who's producing them (Coca-Cola for instance)? They collect them, wash them and add new content. I totally disagree with your statement!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Why not have a single bottle that you refill when you need to?


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, cokecola, for your input. The problem with putting the whole thing in the sink is that the bottom of the sink isn't level, and containers have been known to wiggle more than if they were on a flat surface.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Just put the whole thing in the sink and if it overflows let it overflow.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work. I could imagine the potential for spills. Maybe your next version would have epoxied bottle caps with holes drilled in them instead of spouts? Provided your bottles use the same kinds of caps, i could see the opportunity to screw them on one by one, fill, and avoid the mess. You've still got to contend with possible overflow or overfill, but at least you can tip the entire assembly to deal with that.