Originally Posted by liza-s
We just replaced this summer my kitchen faucet with one with a sprayer at the end - so the faucet adapters won't work. My bathroom sink also won't accept an adapter (not threaded). It is about 20-25 feet from the tub or kitchen sink to where we'll use the pool.
What are our options:
1) Fill bathtub or kitchen sink and use pump to move water from sink/tub to pool.
2) Bucket brigade (okay, the one-man version of a brigade, cuz I'm not doing that in labor)
3) Something else?
Looks like you've already had the babe, but for anybody else wanting to know, you don't need
an adapter to your faucet for filling or draining. We had several large fish tanks for years before they got too time consuming and never had an adapter (though it would have been nice).
Get a cheap gravel siphon/vaccum.
Then, unless your tub will be near a sink or bath tub, you'll need more tubing. Take the tubing off that it comes with and go to Home Depot, Menards, Lowes, etc and ask them for plastic tubing (generally over by the bathroom or kitchen area and comes on huge reels). They sell it by the foot (IIRC ours was about .50/foot 5 years ago) and on your package for the siphon, it should say what diameter it is. If not bring your siphon with you to home depot so you can test it out to make sure it will fit.
Then jerry rig it to your faucet backwards to fill. In other words, put the large end (siphon) under the faucet. Our sink was small enough that we could set it up on end and then put something heavy over the tube to keep it from sliding out. You could use duct tape or something too. Worst case scenario, somebody will have to stand there and hold it. Our largest tank we filled this way was 75 gallons, and I think it took about 45min maybe an hour. It takes longer than having an adaptor because you can't have your faucet flowing full boar. Well you can, but it's not going to help any.
To drain the pool, you do it the same way you would a fish tank. There should be directions on the package of the gravel vacuum/siphon but basically you fill the siphon part with water by submerging it, then point it down, shake it to build pressure and it should start to drain. It won't be able to do the last few inches because little water means no pressure. You will also have to make sure the siphon stays under the water, so duct tape may come in handy again. It will be able to get small, uh, after birth particles as that's what it does in an aquarium, but you'll need a fish net to get floaties and other matter out before draining. Filling will obviously require supervision, but draining nobody needs to stand there and watch it. Worst case scenario, something goes wrong and it doesn't drain right and you have to do it in the morning.