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Building a water source from an insulated container....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DaveOmak, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ran into a problem.... The thickness of the bottom of the jug was not uniform..... Therefore, the gasket on the bulkhead fitting would not tighten watertight.... Soooo, after a contemplating session, there was an AHA!!!!! moment..... I drilled screw shaft size holes in the corner of the thru wall flange... inserted the flange back in the container and drilled oversized holes in the container for the screws... Goobered up the flange and inserted it into the container from the outside..... With washers and pan head screws, goobered up also, screwed the flange to the bottom of the container from the inside....


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    Then drilled holes in the down pipe for horizontal nipples.... I used a 1/8 NPT tap to tap the holes.... I found this worked MUCH better than trying to insert the water nipples into a drilled hole.... they pull up tight and a drop of silicone seals up any leaks.... My pictures of the tap didn't come through....

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    5 nipples so everyone has a place to drink... some like the lower nipples.... some like the upper.....

    This is an update to my old watering system that had a submersible pump to circulate water... It plugged from ACV mother growing and plugging the screen... the water froze and I was scrambling to get stuff going... I used 2" thin wall PVC so an aquarium heater would slip down the pipe, NO PROBLEM.... works good.... no pumps to clog.. and I can still put a frozen pop bottle in the container to cool off the summer water supply... Simple is better.....

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  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Uh Yup!!
    PVC is way too hard to self thread the HN's into.

    Is that a tapered drill........you need that to tap an NPT?
    Must be kinda tricky, never done that before
     
  3. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a step drill bit... They don't leave any burrs and you can stop at any depth... They are great for drilling into very thin materials.... then I ran the pipe thread tap, into the hole.... My camera/computer goofed up on the 1/8" Pipe Tap picture.....

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  4. 11mini

    11mini Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isn't the water in the tube still going to freeze?



    Edit -I should have read the whole post. Aquarium heater in the tube.
     
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