Winter water storage

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Re: Winter water storage

Postby kmussack » 29 Dec 2016 05:22

sinjar wrote:Thanks kmussack! I think you have found my solution.

I've looked at flojaks before but can't afford one. But the other option looks like it will be great.

Any tips etc on use would be great.


If you plan to use the Torpedo bucket you'll benefit from rigging a tripod or making some kind of windless.
To dip one bucket full isn't a big deal but in a real emergency you'll be dipping a lot of water and that amounts to a lot of work.
Build the labor saving tools now and practice so when the time comes it'll be easier for you.
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Re: Winter water storage

Postby kmussack » 29 Dec 2016 09:20

Here's an image of the Torpedo Bucket I keep on hand.
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General Specs;
Dry Weight: 4-pounds
Full Weight: 18-pounds
Overall Length: 48-inches
Max. Diameter: 4.25-inches
Capacity: 1.7-gallons

To operate the Torpedo Bucket you tie a rope to the eye bolt and lower the bucket down your well.
When the bucket reaches the water level the float of the check valve will float out of the way and allow water to enter the tube of the Torpedo. Once full, pull the bucket out of the well using the rope. When the bucket clears the water level the float assembly will stop floating inside the torpedo and will plug the inlet hole keeping the water in the bucket while you hoist it to the surface.

The Float Assembly is made using a rubber Bulb Syringe/Nasal Aspirator.
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Building a Torpedo Bucket is a pretty straight forward affair using hand tools.

BILL OF MATERIALS

TUBE ASSEMBLY
One piece, 3" Schedule 40, PVC Pipe, 41" long $ 2.04
One each, 3" x 1-1/2"DWC PVC Reducer Fitting $ 3.13
One each, 3" DWV PVC Female Adapter $ 3.03

CLEANOUT PLUG ASSEMBLY
One each, 3" DWC PVC Cleanout Plug - Raised Nut $ 1.25
One each, 5/16-18 x 2" Eye Bolt, stainless steel $ 1.06
One each, 5/16-18 Hex Nut, stainless steel $ 0.26
Two each, 5/16 Plain Washer Narrow, stainless steel $ 0.18
One each, 5/16-18 Nylon Lock Nut, stainless steel $ 0.25

CHECK VALVE FLOAT ASSEMBLY
One each, Bulb Syringe/Nasal Aspirator, rubber $ 4.17
One each, 1/4-20 x 4", Hex Cap Screw, stainless steel $ 1.21
One each, 5/16-18 Nylon Lock Nut, stainless steel $ 0.25

One each, 1/4-20 x 4", Hex Cap Screw, stainless steel $ 1.39
Two each, 1/4 Plain Washer Narrow, stainless steel $ 0.18
Two each, Rubber Washers, 7/8" O.D. x .150 thick $ 0.50
One each, 1/4-20 Nylon Lock Nut, stainless steel $ 0.25

Total Component Cost $19.15

The Float Assembly has the buoyancy characteristics of an iceberg because of the added weight of the 4" long bolt and extra nut. The weight also helps establish a "keel" on the float ensuring proper orientation for a seal.
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Here are some more images to help explain the Torpedo Bucket.

The cross bolt helps keep the Float Assembly from traveling too far from its work place.
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The cross holes drilled in the flats of the square on the plug allow air to vent in and out of the Torpedo as it is filled and drained.
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Re: Winter water storage

Postby whls4legs » 03 Jan 2017 13:42

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Somehow, you manage to get your picture in every post. Nice pants. Good concealment. (Couldn’t resist.)

That's a cool tool. Thanks for the detail.
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Re: Winter water storage

Postby sinjar » 03 Jan 2017 16:44

Excellent parts list, break down and explanation!

This is now on my short to do list.

Thanks again.
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Re: Winter water storage

Postby tatergator » 04 Jan 2017 01:02

@kmussack, you should make an instrucables account and share this as well (no pun intended).

It's a pretty neat site. http://www.instructables.com/
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Re: Winter water storage

Postby Hawk45 » 09 Jan 2017 18:12

Is there any way to keep the water from being frozen. For example 'I think' there is a type of heater that can be used in water troughs? Could that also be used to keep stored watch (ie rain barrels) from freezing?
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