Siphoning is the process of removal of liquid by the use of a siphon. Siphon, which is also spelled as syphon is an inverted “U” shape tube. This allows liquid to rise to the surface of the fluid source without using a pump. Liquid descends through the tube by the pull of gravity.
Transferring liquid using a siphon might seem to be simple. However, siphoning involving combustible substances like gas or fuel is dangerous. Thus, this procedure will need adequate knowledge and skill.
The first use of a siphon was traced back to 1500 BC. Egyptian sculptures illustrate that siphons were used to remove liquid from large storage jars.
Knowing how to siphon gas can be useful during emergencies. Siphoning can be done during the following situations:
- When a car must be emptied of contaminated fuel.
- When gas is needed during an electrical power failure.
- When fuel should be transferred from one vehicle to another.
Given the benefits of knowing how to siphon gas, you might ask, “What can I use to siphon gas?” You can use a garden hose. You can purchase a garden hose from a lawn and garden watering equipment store.
How Long of A Hose Is Needed to Siphon Gas?
Make sure to get a garden hose that is not less than six feet long. Otherwise, its length will not be sufficient to let gravity drive fuel through the hose.
How to Syphon Gas With a Garden Hose?
Things You’ll Need:
- Garden Hose (at least six feet long)
- Rubber Tubing
How to (Step by Step Instructions):
Check the availability of the garden hose and ensure that it is within the needed specification. To ensure its functionality as a siphon, use a garden hose that is at least 6 feet long. Don’t forget to check if the garden hose is the right thickness and can easily fit into the gas tank.
Prepare other necessary car tools to guarantee smooth and safe execution.
Start by placing one end of the gas hose into the gas tank. The gas hose must be inserted at a minimum of two feet, making sure that it reaches underneath the tank.
Next, position the other end of the hose close to the ground or flooring. Do this while securing the other end above the gas tank. This will permit gravity to push the gas down.
Be careful in doing this step. Get the other end of the hose and suck to generate pressure. This will keep gas or fuel flowing.
Gas will smoothly flow through the hose reaching the gas tank. At this point, secure the hose above the gas tank to prevent accidental intake of gasoline.
Get the other end of the hose and place it lower than the gas tank. Put it directly in the equipment or vehicle where gas will be transferred.
Once done, fold the hose to stop the flow of gas. Otherwise, unfold the hose if more gas is needed.
Here is a short video that you might find helpful: How to siphon gas the right way without getting a mouthful of foulness or sucking on the hose!
Siphoning fuel is a useful skill but must be done with extra precaution. Always remember that you are dealing with a toxic and flammable substance.
Tips & Precautions About Siphoning Gas with a Garden Hose:
1. Use a clear hose to easily see if fuel is already being transferred.
2. If fuel will be placed in a container and not transferred to another vehicle or equipment, make sure that the container to be used is compatible with the nature and properties of the substance. Use tin cans or jerry cans specifically manufactured to safely hold gasoline or fuel.
3. Keep the following within reach, in case of emergency:
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
4. Prolonged exposure to fuel and gasoline can cause dizziness. Have somebody to assist you or be at least nearby.
Siphoning gas can be done using a garden hose. A garden hose can be used in case of an emergency, like when traveling in groups using separate cars and one of the cars runs out of gas. Siphoning gas to the other car can be done. Keep in mind that the length of the gas hose should be not less than six feet and its thickness should fit the gas tank.
If you are planning to learn this skill, familiarize yourself with the tips and precautions about siphoning gas with a garden hose and cautiously follow the step-by-step guide to ensure a safe and successful procedure.