This gonna be tough. My camera got a mind of its own. There are 18 hundred bajiion mega tons of pixel thingys on my camera, and it forgot what date it is. Nothing is in order, and I've spent some time hunting, and might have to do more, but here's where I'm at on this project.
This is the old auto waterer. It's wee over 10 years old and has been out of service a little less than that.
I reworked the frame and replaced the old rusted pan with a hub cap off an extinct vw bus. I cleaned up the old pan, and repainted it. It took awhile to get the weight ratio right. It took a bunch of various washers.
Once I got the waterer dialed in, it was time to attack the inner workings.
I pulled some of the shelves and stuff apart, and found this huge freezer coil that had to go. This is the one that sprayed me in the face when I cut it
Again, these coils.
Coil removed. The bottom of the freezer had a slant forward, which wouldn't be good for water flow.
Using a dremel, I cut the bottom out, and found foam insulation. It too needed to come out.
Lots of scraper and putty knife work.
After getting most of the insulation out, I traced the pan and cut a hole for it to fit. The cooling fins posed a bit of a problem. There's too many rivets and stuff to remove it. So they'll have to stay, otherwise, I'd have to completely remove the whole cooling system, which in hindsight is what I should have probably done.
Checking the drip pan and the waterer for fit. Looks good.
I'm running out of steam, and have to locate some more pics on this camera. I painted over the insultation to seal it.
I also gathered the old sprouting trays, repainted them, and will attach stainless steel screen to them tomorrow.
I took a five gallon bucket, some fittings and ferrels, and attached a 1/4 inch copper tube to the bottom of the bucket after drilling.
I then drilled a hole in the top of the fridge, fed the tubing in, and attached a valve that will allow me to adjust the drip. I'm aiming for a watering every three to four hours. It will take some patience and time.
Stay tuned, or go feed your birds. I'm going to finish and have this running tomorrow. That's just how I am. I get started on a project, and won't give up until it's done.
Maybe I might tell you about last weeks dune buggy rework some time.
Goooooooooooooooooood night you crazy chicken people!