How to Make a Syphon Without Getting Anything in Your Mouth

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Intro: How to Make a Syphon Without Getting Anything in Your Mouth

Using a syphon (or siphon) is an easy way to move liquid from place to place without using a pump. It relies on the assumption that the liquid you want to move is higher than the location you're moving it to. The liquid will travel uphill, as long as the final destination is lower than the beginning level.

The problem with syphoning things is that there has to be some initial suction to begin the movement of the liquid through a pipe. This usually comes from the Mark I Human Mouth. When using a non-clear pipe you can easily end up with a mouthful of whatever liquid you're trying to move.

Using a couple of readily available household materials, a pair of scissors, and about 2 minutes of time we can avoid this unfortunate situation from happening.

What you'll need
1. A plastic bottle
2. A power cable
3. A pair of scissors

Step 1: Preparing the Pipe (cable)

The first problem with using a power cable as a pipe is all of the pesky wires inside the rubber insulation.

Cut only one end fully off the cable.

Cut through the insulation on the other end of the cable, making sure not to cut through the wires inside.

Stand on the plug (make sure you're wearing shoes) and pull on the insulation. You should start to see bare wires at the plug end, and the insulation should be hollowing out.

All being well you should pull all of the wires through the cable insulation and be left with just the insulation. This is your pipe.

Step 2: Prepare the Container

All you need to do to the bottle is make a hole in the lid using the scissors.

Make sure that the hole is not too big. It should be just a bit narrower than your pipe.

Step 3: Connect the Pieces

Feed the pipe through the bottle cap. You only need to push through a little bit of the pipe.

Screw the cap onto the bottle with the pipe still in the hole.

Step 4: Use Your New Syphon

Your syphon is now complete.

Find some water and put the free end of the pipe into the water.

Squeeze the bottle a bit and some air bubbles should come out of the pipe at the water end.

Make sure the bottom of the bottle is below the water and release your squeeze on the bottle.

As the bottle pops back into shape it creates the initial suction required to start the flow of water.

Once the bottle has regained its shape you may wish to unscrew the cap slightly so that air can get into the bottle. Otherwise the flow of water will slow, and eventually stop. If you don't need to contain the water then you can just unscrew the cap once the flow has begun.

You can now syphon horrible liquids without leaving a bad taste in your mouth.

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    raeppasidi

    1 year ago

    So clever!! Thank you for sharing!

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    eegerbvr

    2 years ago

    Would this work for automatic transmission fluid (thicker) or even motor oil?

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    spencdoodeegerbvr

    Reply 2 years ago

    it worked with lawnmower motor oil when i did it, but it drains somewhat slower than gas.

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    OpeoluwaO1

    2 years ago

    Thanks so much for the information.It has been of great use to me.

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    bakedmuffinman

    3 years ago

    The cable I pulled on seems to be held together way stronger then yours :(

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    bakedmuffinman

    3 years ago

    Instructables@alias87.e4ward.com

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    essteeyouintrud

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The end of the pipe that sucks the water up has to be in the water. The other end doesn't have to be. It just has to be lower than the other end.

    Nice! I might as well make one now but I don't have any sort of tubing now. I'm gonna make a different style of siphon. 

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    itachi2458

    8 years ago on Introduction

    useing this concept could you start the flow with the water bottle and then take it the tube out and water your flowers

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    stephenniall

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Umm Aquarium air pump tubing works well enough Plus its see through so you can see the Red water Coming off that mans arm. hehe Wait a Minute .

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    whisky_ed

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I just searched for this from google and this is a great help, off to get some tubing and some cheap cola now!

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    essteeyouwhisky_ed

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Cool, glad it's going to be useful for you. :) Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, they're always appreciated. :)

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    drphoto1

    9 years ago on Step 4

    Why would you want to ruin a good power cord? Just get some cheap clear tubing.