DIY Jerry Can Water Faucet

My buddy Dave from American Adventurist has had a faucet set up for his Scepter MWC can for quite a while.  After watching how well this set up works in camp I decided to put a marine galley pump on my Christmas list last year.  As life goes, things got busy and the pump was set aside until just before Overland Expo West.  Not thinking much of it, I had the Scepter can sitting on my camp table next to the truck where it made for easy access, but it also put it into view of those passing by.  To my surprise I had numerous people ask about it at the event and have had a few questions since then. There are numerous places around the internet where you can find instructions, but since there seemed to be an interest I thought I would share how I did mine.

Manual pump faucet on Scepter MWC

The Faucet I used does not have great reviews and is not the fanciest option, but it appears to be well made and so far has functioned flawlessly, I guess time will tell. If you want a high-end galley pump, check out the options from Fynspray, just expect to pay 4 or 5 times more than what you will pay for the one I used.  You will not need a lot of tools, or parts to make this work, and it can easily be modified to work with other styles of water jugs.

Update: The pump I used is no longer available, but this pump is very similar and only a few dollars more.  It also has much better reviews, though the one I originally used is still going strong.

Here is what you will need to duplicate my setup:

Pump assembled on a spare MWC cap

Scepter MWC jerry can
Extra MWC can lid
Manual Marine Galley Faucet Pump
Hacksaw Blade (I did not even use the handle)
2 1/8″ Hole Saw bit
11/64″ Drill Bit
2 #8 – 1″ Machine Screws with washers and nylock nuts
Approximately 18″ Food Grade Tubing with 3/8 id

The assembly is actually quite simple and only took about 15 minutes to complete.

Little trim on the inside of the cap

The first step is to use the saw blade to cut off the retaining ring and the threaded pour spout (the larger of the two, not the air vent).  Though the cans are very durable, the saw will make quick and easy work of the cuts.  Next I lined up the hole saw using the edge of the hole that was left from cutting off the pour spout. Set the faucet in place and position it however you like and drill out the two mounting holes.
Now everything is ready to mount, but don’t tighten it down to tight yet.  Put the tubing on and give everything a test.  Since everything works perfectly, go ahead and silicone around the inside of the lid,  and put a bit on the screws and tighten down the nuts.

Bit of silicone to seal it up

That’s it.  Now when you get to camp, you just unscrew the lid on the jerry can and screw on the lid with the faucet and you have a quick and easy spot to wash hands, fill water bottles or do dishes.



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