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Can't push in horizontal nipples into PVC pipe... help please!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jbher, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. iridearoadking

    iridearoadking Out Of The Brooder

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    Use a steel bolt to force threads into the pvc and if it gets to big, use teflon tape wrapped around the threads
     
  2. jbher

    jbher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Got 3 on tight doing this!! Yay!! The last two are proving to be more difficult. I'll keep you posted.
     
  3. iridearoadking

    iridearoadking Out Of The Brooder

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    I use a steel bolt to thread my 3/8 hole, or use a tap and dye set. I drill into a 1/2 pvc coupler .I water about 100 chickens this way
     
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  4. FarmgateTx

    FarmgateTx Out Of The Brooder

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    I am using 1" pvc pipe and have about 50 nipples vertically installed . I had to pre-drill and then tap the holes and thread the nipples in and tighten them with a wrench to stop them from leaking. There is a fine line between tight and stripped out. Don't strong-arm them into place or you WILL have a leak.
     
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  5. iridearoadking

    iridearoadking Out Of The Brooder

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    congrats, consider drilling and taping "slip connectors " they are stronger than the pipe
     
  6. Khavilah

    Khavilah Out Of The Brooder

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    I used mine on a plastic five gallon bottle and man, I had the same problem you did. They just *would not go in* even with a hammer (last resort, borne out of frustration), so I ended up drilling the holes a little bigger; that let me put in four of the five I had, even with stripped threading. The last one, though, kinda leaks just a tiny bit.

    The teflon tape is a good idea. I wish I had that when putting in that last one.
     
  7. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    What size drill bit did you use for your initial hole?
     
  8. Khavilah

    Khavilah Out Of The Brooder

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    At first I used the one it said; I think it was 5/8 or 3/8. What I did after was wiggle that bit around until it was closer to the width of the last third of the threads on the nipple (the part close to the nipple part where they drink from). I'm sorry that wasn't more direct with the dimensions. :\
     
  9. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah, 3/8" is the correct drill size. See, the problem you and others are having is that you are attempting to 'screw' in these nipples into a very rounded surface. Screwing them into buckets is easy-peasy, but the curvature of the bucket is nil. But on a 1" PVC pipe? Very difficult if not impossible.
     
  10. iridearoadking

    iridearoadking Out Of The Brooder

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    5 gallons of water weighs 40 lbs, mine slipped one time and killed a great bird. I attach pvc to the bucket and nipples to the pvc.
     

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