Another Nipple Waterer Question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by yogifink, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. yogifink

    yogifink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen a few folks on here make a nipple waterer with a 5 gallon bucket with some 3/4 inch pvc. I want to make one. I didnt think it was going to be to tricky, just some plumbing and a few minutes of putting it together. But I have ran into a bit of a snag and need some guidance.

    The nipples that I have (vertical) are 1/8 inch male, and the hardware store does not sell a 1/8" to 3/4" or 1/2" T. I would have to buy 2 couplings, in brass, to make it work with what they have got...not going to happen at 4 bucks a coupling. Plumbing guy at the store suggested I get a 1/8" tapered drill bit and just set the nipple directly into the pipem would this work alright? Of course they don't have a 1/8" tapered bit, so I would have to order one.... Suggestions on making this work?
     
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  2. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just put the nipples in the bottom of the bucket, no plumbing problems. If they are screw in put teflon tape on the threads.
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

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    Quote: If the nipples have threads, you drill the proper sized hole, and use a TAPERED TAP to cut threads in the pipe. It will be labeled "NPT" which means "National Pipe Thread" and there are charts to show the proper bit size for different threads

    If they don't have threads, they are meant to PUSH into a straight hole, usually along with a rubber bushing for a tight seal

    Many nipples are designed for use on a certain size pipe.
    If you use too large a size, the "pin" can be pushed out on the inside, and water will pour out.
    The PROPER size pipe won't allow that to happen, and in MOST case, 1/2 inch pipe is specified

    Quote: By doing that, you can't EVER set the bucket on a flat surface, nor set it on any type of heater, without risk of damaging the nipples
     
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  4. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use a 5/16 drill bit, screw them in (it will be tight as it should), you could also use pvc primer and cement around the hole to have a permanent water tight seal.

    No special tools are needed.

    Here are some I made.

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    Picture below is what it looks like installed under my coop. I used it all summer and love it!

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  5. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Bear Foot Farm

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  7. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hang mine and use a bird bath deicer in the 5 gallon bucket and it works just fine.
     
  8. yogifink

    yogifink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the help. I'll give the 5/16 bit a shot. I tried to use a smaller sized bit and heat the pvc before I screwed in the nipple (Ive used this method to make water barels) - but the pcv got VERY weak very quickly and misshaped. I'll let you know if the 5/16 bit works.

    Bear Foot: is the NPT bit one that looks like a cone? Not even sure what these are, I've got limited plumbing experience.
     
  9. Bear Foot Farm

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    Quote: It's not a "bit" at all
    It's a "tap" that cuts the thread, whereas a "bit" cuts the HOLE

    If your nipples are "1/8th MALE" a 5/16 hole will be over twice as big as you need
    This is a TAP:

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  10. Bear Foot Farm

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    The cone shaped bit is a "countersink" and is NOT what you want
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