So basically I am trying to build my house underwater. I have it all blocked in so that no water can com in from the ocean but there is still a ton of water in my house (house is pretty much filled). Is there a faster way to remove water rather than the 9 bucket method I'm doing right now which seems like it is doing nothing?
Sand or wool, depending on your preference. Sand is fast enough to break by hand, and falls which makes cleaning it up easy. Wool stays up, and you can break it ludicrously fast with shears (which doesn't even wear out the shears).
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On the update, I used just one bucket to take out a bunch of water. Honestly, I just started minecraft so I thought that I would need lots of buckets. But, just one bucket was fine.
You can do this. If you take a source block of water, then place that on another source block, it ceases to exist. So that when you pick up the second source block you would have 2 empty spaces.... if that makes sense.
Also, another method that can help if you are clearing a big room is throw torches around. they will remove the source block they occupy before being extinguished.
You wouldnt be able to do the entire space like this, only the blocks adjacent to the floors and walls.... but it could still save a fair bit of time.
The best (easiest) method in suvival to remove alot of water (i.e ocean/river) is to get a heap of sand or gravel and throw it in the water until it is all gone. then once done dig down to the bottom, and place a torch (redstone or normal) slab, repeater, rail etc (half brick) below the sand, and when the sand falls on it, the sand will destroy it self - also edit the map with mcedit