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How to Connect a Water hose to a bucket?

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I would like to connect a water hose to a bucket or a barrel to feed my automatic waterer. What size and kind of connections do I need to buy and does someone have a pictorial example? I usually can figure things out if pointed in the right direction, but our local Home Depot plumbing guy is an idiot. He looks at me like I'm a snake with two heads when I come in to ask questions. He of course asks me why I need this and I tell him its for my chickens, I'm making a feeder for my chickens or a incubator. He just doesn't get it.

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post #2 of 7

I would look for something that has a threaded 3/4" on one end (for the hose to connect to) and something threaded about the same size to put into the barrel or bucket.  Then I would use some silicone, water tight caulk around the end that you put into the barrel, et it dry 24 hours, connect the hose, voila!

I did it with a 5 gallon bucket, using a common toilet float valve, ~ $7.  However, the toilet float valve did not have a 3/4" connector so I purchased a short supply hose (the silver ones right next to the toilet float valves at the store, used to hook up the toilet tank to the water supply at the wall) and made sure to pick the one with a 3/4" end as there are several to choose from.  Then I had a self-filling automatic waterer!

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2 papillons, 1 giant pomeranian, 1 cat... 
2011 Flock = out of the egg business for now, just 1silkie, 1 JG, 1 OEGB, and 1 RSL
Be the change you want to see in the world...Ghandi
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post #3 of 7

Get a faucet attachment from Home Depot, a brass one with a nut on the back.  Drill a hole in your bucket just large enough to insert the pipe from the faucet.  Get an O-ring and flat washer that also fit snugly.  Put the O-ring and flat washer on the faucet and insert into the hole you drilled.  Screw the nut on the back.  I have 55 gallon barrels that collect water off the roof with this set up.  I connect the hoses to a long PVC pipe that has nipple waterers in it.  Viola!  A self sustaining, refilling chicken water system.  As long as it rains. 

I will try to get pics of the faucet tonight for you.

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Should I put the hole on the bottom where it is flat or can you put it on the side? I've seen O rings and the faucet with the nut on the back side. I have silicone also. I have a 55 gallon drum and 5 gallon buckets. I wanted to put the faucet on the barrel/bucket so that I fill the bucket and then connect the hose to an automatic dog waterer that I have. If I use the barrel, how do I keep the water from getting "yucky", stale, or algae? I could put fish, but don't they need an bubbler for air?

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Someone sent me this link and its exactly what I wanted to do. I just needed to know what the parts looked like and where to install.

http://www.ehow.com/how_4862148_chicken-pet-watering-system.html


Edited by hangin'witthepeeps - 8/4/10 at 11:13am
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post #6 of 7

Look for 3/4" PVC Bulkhead Fittings.

post #7 of 7

Get a Ballcock for a commode!

It is just a valve  with a float on it. it comes with a gasket and a 1/2" ips thread. I am sure you could increase or reduce that to what ever at the plumbing or hardware store.

They have ballcocks that are pressure valves. When the bucket fills,  it will cut off the water. They are adjustable, so you can have it fill 1/2 or 3/4 the way up and shut off.

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Jimmy

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