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post #71 of 75
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Originally Posted by lynnehd View Post
 

I've got PVC nipple waterers with the thicker PVC. Some of the nipples are screwed into the PVC cap if they are an upright version, which is really thick.

 

It should work with Sch 40 PVC. Make sure you use a wide enough diameter PVC tubing that the threaded part of the nipple waterer has room to fit inside w/o rubbing; at least 3/4 inch? 1 inch?

And make sure you use the exact drill bit size they recommend. Then, you could put some plumber's tape on the part  you screw in, along with silicone caulking right over the top. Or, just the silicone caulking, but either way, smear the silicone caulking generously over the threads of the nipple waterer.

 

Then screw in firmly. Let this dry overnight.

 

I hope this works!

The first one of these I built, I made with 3/4 inch schedule 40 pvc.  The nipples went in with difficulty despite using the correct drill bit, and they leaked.  We sealed them with silicone and they don't leak anymore - but your suggestion of going to a bigger pipe I think is the key if we use schedule 40 pvc. I have to build another one of these and I'm going to 1 or 1.5 inch pipe for the nipples and if I can find it, I'll make the tank out of 6 inch.

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post #72 of 75

I've purchased the nipples but that's as far as I am right now.  LOL.  I'm okay with trying the 1 inch Sch 40 PVC with the nipples.  It's really the tank that's giving me issue.  I can find a 2 ft length of 4 inch Sch 40 online via TrueValue for $10.  I might just have to order that and hope for the best when it comes to slipping in the valve, hoping it fits.  

 

Thanks everyone for your tips and tricks!  I really need to get this thing built. I really have a hard time remembering to water my girls. As much as I'd like to just buy that "other fountain", I'm not keen on spending $100 to get said fountain...made from PVC.  ;)

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Originally Posted by jrtmouse View Post
 

I've purchased the nipples but that's as far as I am right now.  LOL.  I'm okay with trying the 1 inch Sch 40 PVC with the nipples.  It's really the tank that's giving me issue.  I can find a 2 ft length of 4 inch Sch 40 online via TrueValue for $10.  I might just have to order that and hope for the best when it comes to slipping in the valve, hoping it fits.  

 

Thanks everyone for your tips and tricks!  I really need to get this thing built. I really have a hard time remembering to water my girls. As much as I'd like to just buy that "other fountain", I'm not keen on spending $100 to get said fountain...made from PVC.  ;)

Go to HD or Lowes. They have 4 inch pipe. As them if they'll cut it for you.  If they won't, go to a more local hardware store - they most likely will cut it to length.  All you need is a foot of it.

 

All told I spent less than 50 bucks on this from start to finish.

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post #74 of 75
Thanks so much for posting this. I just moved to the suburbs and am I the middle of building my first coop. I almost have all of the parts to complete this waterer. I just need to find some 6" pvc. Those of you looking for 6" caps, try the drainage department at your local stone/gravel supply. I picked mine up there yesterday. They are also flat, as opposed to the domed ones they had at Lowes.
post #75 of 75

fantastic idea. I think it will work perfectly for my set up. Great directions too.

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