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How do you keep nipples from leaking where they go in the pvc?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jimmywalt, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm at my wits end............ I had GREAT luck with the first bucket waterer I made this summer with 3 nipples.

    Since then I've tried to make a different version (smaller bucket) and for the life of me I can't figure out why they leak. I drill the hole the EXACT size as recommended. Actually they are nice and tight as I put them in the pvc....... So why do they leak??? Note black arrow in picture below.

    It it because they are supposed to be installed in a flat surface and not a round pvc pipe? I've even tried waterproof silicone sealant and I have the same problem.

    What do I need to do or use to permanently seal them to the pipe?

    Thank you!

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  2. marktoo

    marktoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use Teflon tape on the treads. I've not had a problem.
     
  3. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ummm... I didn't think of that! But the hole is SOO tight that I don't think I could get that in there and the nipple too.
     
  4. marktoo

    marktoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    When I did mine, I've done a large aspirin bottle, a insulated cup & some pvc. I didn't know what size hole I was suppose to drill so i started small & went up till it felt right, then taped. Perhaps it's so tight you're damaging the threads.
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    If they screw in, try the Teflon tape
    If they PUSH in , use JB Weld or MarineTex epoxy
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2013
  6. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone.

    I decided just to take it all apart and use pvc cement...... I "think" that should solve the problem. The cement is drying right now, I'll wait about 1 hour for it to get nice and hard and then add water to the bucket and check it out.

    Fingers crossed...... tight!!!!!!!
     
  7. Bama Rambler

    Bama Rambler New Egg

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    Are you threading the holes with a tap or just drilling the holes and letting the nipple do the threading?

    If you're not threading the holes, you may want to. Those nipples are 1/8" tapered pipe threads. Get a tap and the right size drill bit and it'll seal much better.
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    There are different styles
    Some push into a plain hole for a wedge fit, and others need to be threaded in

    http://www.qcsupply.com/420011-push-in-style-nipple.html

    http://www.cacklingknobsfarm.com/livestock-supplies/screw-nipples
     
  9. bellschick

    bellschick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. bellschick

    bellschick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What size drill bit are you supposed to use to make the holes for the poultry nipples?
     

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