3/27/2014

Just because its old doesn't mean it doesn't work!!!!

Among all the other things I collect,  I love antique tools.  Many years back I spied this and knew it had to be a hand siphon.  Doing the research I found it was patented in 1882.  I had it hanging on a wall in the barn.. You can see it obviously had a useful life and had been repaired often...

Last fall a friend gave me some help with my tractor and I offered the siphon to him..  He is one of the few people I know who would appreciate it... He was going to hang it on the wall of his shop.

Now I have his UNDYING GRATITUDE.   Last month we had a big snow and rapid thaw.  Everything was flooding.  He went out  to find 6" of water inside his shop, and more rushing in.  The drain was blocked and his  electric sump pump wouldn't run.  He thought he'd have to go to town buy a new pump right then  The siphon I gave him caught his eye, and he made holes in a 5-gallon bucket, wrapped it with ground cloth, and set the siphon up inside, with rocks holding it up.  He ran 150 feet of garden hose out to the low spot in the pasture, and  started the siphon by pumping the wooden plunger.  It  pumped over a thousand gallons of water at last estimate. 

 


4 comments:

Marilyn said...

That's really neat. I have an affinity for using old things that still work. I had a manual alarm clock that lasted for about 25 years but when I wouldn't work any more I couldn't find a vintage one anywhere so I ended up buying one a Walmart. I've had to buy 3 or 4 in the last 6 years because they don't last very long but I don't want an electric one even though I have no reason to set an alarm any more.

Lisa said...

How cool! Love old tools! Sometimes, there is MUCH to be said for simplicity!

Mosaic Magpie said...

Wow! Did the major mudslide affect your area?

Lady Locust said...

That is amazing! I love stories like that.

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