fixing to build a fully automatic water system. Looking for advice.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by victorb17, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. victorb17

    victorb17 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok here is my plan:

    run pvc from water supply to this: http://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplie...01&productId=17618&langId=-1&division=FarmTek

    From the regulator run pvc and then install this nipple: http://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplie...01&productId=17663&langId=-1&division=FarmTek

    using this adapter: http://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplie...1&productId=104394&langId=-1&division=FarmTek



    Is the construction that simple? I know to take install height into consideration, and am still reading up on the details but I need to order the equipment. Thanks, Victor.
     
  2. victorb17

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    Well I went ahead a bit the bullet. Chatted with the salesperson and they said that combo will work great! $60 after shipping for everything. (with 2 nipples). I will report back on how it works once I get it installed.
     
  3. victorb17

    victorb17 Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's a follow up:

    I installed everything. I did have to use a small dab of thread sealant where the nipples screwed into the pipe. Although it may have been because I did not use a drill press and possible made an irregular shaped hole. I also learned that the regulator needs 20 psi or less coming into it to work.

    Once I got the few bugs out and fine tuned the pressure everywhere (took maybe 20min) it works great! Took the chickens about 1 1/2 days to figure it out. They love it now, and I love it even more now that I don't have to worry. I will check the nipples about every couple of days just for my own peace of mind, but that still beats cleaning and hauling water.

    Total cost was about $100. I had to run a long run (~100ft) of pvc out to the chicken coop. Took two days to dig ditch and bury pipe, and finish install.

    I would recommend this setup to everyone. I will post pics later.
     
  4. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds good
     
  5. Bone143

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    Watch those nipples they seem to hang up on occasion so your water would run at a continuous drip. I have had to replace several nipples after a bit once they start getting wore it seems it happens more. I run off a large water tank for mine and just fill the tank once a week instead of direct line. that is the only problem I have had is nipples hanging up and running continuously. Just keep a eye on them and do regular checks.
     
  6. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are experiencing dripping and leaks like Bone143 mentioned, you can switch to the waterer cups since they do not leak or drip.
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