Water Sampling Tool

jcmac

Member
May 28, 2010
17
Since I am really tired of kneeling on concrete and reaching into the water a full arm length to get a water sample, I made a tool. Really simple (don't laugh) but after using it for a week I am loving it. Cut about 6 inches of 1 inch PVC and glued a cap on one end and then clamped (stainless hose clamp) that tube to a piece of 1/2 in PVC about 18 inches long. Looks like a dipper or ladle. Dip into pool at chosen location (while in near standing position) for water sample and transfer water right into test vials. Not too scientific but it works! :party:
 

Richard320

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Jan 6, 2010
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San Dimas, CA (LA County)
I use a chunk of 1/2" PVC roughly 4' long. Clamp my thumb over the end, stick it it, uncap, recap, lift and dump into a measuring cup. Then carry the cup over to the patio table and do my testing with ashtray and coffee at hand.
 

TimS

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Sep 21, 2009
214
Central Missouri
Mine's a 4' long 1" PVC with a cap on one end, and a 1/8" hole drilled in the pipe below the cap. Cover the hole with my thumb, put it in the water, and open the hole. When it stops filling (about 2 seconds,) I cover the hole back up, pull it out and release it into a measuring cup. Usually nets just over 2 cups of water, which is enough for testing and rinsing.
 

jcmac

Member
May 28, 2010
17
TimS said:
Mine's a 4' long 1" PVC with a cap on one end, and a 1/8" hole drilled in the pipe below the cap. Cover the hole with my thumb, put it in the water, and open the hole. When it stops filling (about 2 seconds,) I cover the hole back up, pull it out and release it into a measuring cup. Usually nets just over 2 cups of water, which is enough for testing and rinsing.
I like this one! May be my next invention. :wink:
 

Taterfink

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Apr 14, 2012
552
NE Florida

My fingers would cover (just barely) the end of the pipe in order to get the sample but, by the time I got the pipe up and over the side of the pool, my finger would slip or the pipe would tilt and there'd go my sample. Right back into the pool. Maybe not an issue for a taller person or someone with a pool that they are standing level with the top of the pool. But for me, standing outside the above ground pool and reaching over the side. I needed help. So I made this little jewel.

I used 3/4" pvc pipe about 18" long (so I can get my sample from down below) and a pressure connecting cap.
I heated an ice pick with a kitchen blow torch, and it just glided thru the cap. A nice smooth hole.
Pressed the cap onto the piece of pvc (no glue needed).

I place my finger over the tiny hole, dip the pipe into the pool, remove my finger so the pipe fills up and the put my finger back over the hole.

Realizing that all of y'all before me on this thread have already made your sample taking tools, I just figured I'd throw mine out there too.

TimS, I never thought of putting the hole on the side of the pipe. Even better!