says that the pressure is distributed evenly around a fluid. What I'm having a hard time understanding is the hydraulic lift, so I thought I would think of a simple system that could represent a fluid and then use that for intuition. Regrettably I did not get the same conclusions with that system, which is attached on the picture below. The idea is that we have a piston with one area A1 connected via a rod to a piston with a larger area A2=3A1, and we want to figure out the force we have to exert on the other piston to keep the system in equilibrium. It is not hard to see, that the force you have to exert one both pistons has to be the same. But unfortunately that is not the conclusion from using Pascals principle on a fluid, which tells us that the two pressures have to be equal, which in terms of forces would mean: F2 = F1*A2/A1 I'm really having a hard time getting intuition for this. Why is it that the fluid, on which we uses Pascals principle can't just be replaced with a rigid rod, like in my system?