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Old 05-20-2022, 12:56 PM   #1
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I needed something faster and self-contained that didn’t require a gasoline engine. I was tired of forgetting hoses, pumps, battery etc. Now all I have to do is fill the tote and go. Nothing to forget.

The pump is a Rule 1500 bilge pump. It requires a 1 1/8” bilge hose that will move some serious water. Also I wanted to attach the pump to the bottom of the tote and still be able to remove it if needed. I had a half gallon pump up sprayer that was the perfect size for the pump to fit in. I cut the top off and cut a slit for the hose. I screwed the sprayer to an old cutting board that would serve as the base. All in all this seem to be heavy duty and something that could withstand tough terrain and water sloshing around inside the tank. Now all had to do was get this bilge holder glued to the bottom of the tote. First I used epoxy that ended up not sticking. Then went to window and siding adhesive that has worked so far. Hopefully the pics will make it easier to follow.

Everything fits inside the tank, power cord, hose, everything. Both power cord and bilge hose attach to pipe straps for easy access. Power cord is long enough to clamp direct to the truck battery. I didn’t want to chance a cigarette plug. Note all of this must be able to fit inside the 5" lid.

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Old 05-20-2022, 01:03 PM   #2
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Old 05-20-2022, 01:15 PM   #3
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it takes about 20-25 minutes to empty the tote.
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Old 05-20-2022, 01:15 PM   #4
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Good idea, I'd like to do this but to have it pump from a stock tank to a water trough to keep the cows out of the water and mud.
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Old 05-20-2022, 01:17 PM   #5
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That is way cool!

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Old 05-20-2022, 02:52 PM   #6
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If you got hogs you better put something around that pvc to protect it.
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Old 05-20-2022, 03:36 PM   #7
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If you got hogs you better put something around that pvc to protect it.
Looks to be in a pen
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Old 05-22-2022, 09:03 AM   #8
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3m 5200 is what you want to glue that down with if it comes loose. It isn’t that expensive and it won’t come loose again.
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Old 05-22-2022, 07:07 PM   #9
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I have this submersible pump that hooks to my truck battery with an extension cord and alligator clips. Pumps a 55 gallon drum in less than 10 minutes. Can drop it in any drum or tote with a wide enough opening and it hooks to a water hose.


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Old 05-28-2022, 08:05 PM   #10
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Very informative step by step explanation of your project! You are very resourceful! I also recently needed a pump for pumping water, but in the end I just ordered it on the Internet ...
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Old 05-28-2022, 10:29 PM   #11
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Why leave the pump in the tote? Just hang a small weight from it and drop in when ya get there. Would be nice to have a 12v pump you could attach to the drain and let gravity feen the pump to other tote. Wonder if air pressure in tank would force the water out drain and to storage tank?


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Old 05-30-2022, 11:32 PM   #12
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3m 5200 is what you want to glue that down with if it comes loose. It isnít that expensive and it wonít come loose again.
Thanks for the tip. So far itís holding.
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Old 05-30-2022, 11:35 PM   #13
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I have this submersible pump that hooks to my truck battery with an extension cord and alligator clips. Pumps a 55 gallon drum in less than 10 minutes. Can drop it in any drum or tote with a wide enough opening and it hooks to a water hose.


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If I had a opening that big with no way to close I would loose halve my water before I got to my trough.

I timed pumping a full tote today. 275 gallons takes 19 minutes.

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Old 05-31-2022, 01:44 AM   #14
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Well done Roy ��
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Old 05-31-2022, 07:41 AM   #15
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Pretty handy for sure. Just curious as to how often you have to fill up your reservoir ?
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Old 05-31-2022, 11:58 AM   #16
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Pretty handy for sure. Just curious as to how often you have to fill up your reservoir ?
We are in severe drought here. At my big protein pen the deer are drinking 75 gallons per week. This is well above average.
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Old 06-01-2022, 07:28 PM   #17
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anyone got a hookup on some of these totes?
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