Leaky garden hose. (help!)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Peepthis541, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Peepthis541

    Peepthis541 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2008
    Eugene, OR
    Ok, so after being very impressed with the auto waterer design by FutureChickenMan (https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=4655-Auto_Waterer), I decided to give it a shot and build one. After getting all the supposed hard parts done, I ran into a water leaking problem from my garden hose. So I went back to the hardware store and got a valve replacement for my garden hose, which hooks up to the auto-waterer. I thought all my problems were solved earlier today, but when I observed the connections this evening, I saw the hose still leaking!
    I was wondering if anyone has had similar problems with fittings. I am thinking of replacing the hose entirely with a heavy duty goodyear hose (reddish color). But I am still nervous that maybe it is a water pressure issue. Perhaps there is just too much pressure in the line.

    Unfortunately, I don't see the auto-waterer working to its fullest potential if there is no water flow to the unit.

    I've even thought to maybe just connect the unit to another 5 gallon bucket that will sit on top of the unit and that can be periodically refilled. And instead of it being connected to a pressurized water supply, it is just fed down to the unit by gravity.

    Well, I would appreciate any ideas from some of the creative minds out there.

  2. Namaste Mama

    Namaste Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2008
    Ok I don't know what its called but theres some sore of teflon white tape stuff you could wrap around the threads that should stop the leaking. Maybe someone here will know what I'm talking about.
  3. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    its called "teflon tape...." LOL

    Look for it in the Plumbing section at the hardward store...
  4. Peepthis541

    Peepthis541 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2008
    Eugene, OR
    Quote:I am well acquainted with teflon tape. But this leak is not happening at that spot. It is happening between the hose and the hose clamp that tightens the hose to the heavy duty brass fitting that is acting as a replacement to the original (weak metal) hose valve.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2008
  5. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2008
    Lake Como, Fl. 32157
    If I am reading this right it sounds like there is too big a gap between the brass fitting and the hose. When you clamp down on the hose it is causing a wrinkle in the hose and screwing up your seal. Two things you can do, buy a smaller diameter hose or a larger diameter fitting.

    If you are worried about the pressure you should be able to back that off by closing the hose bib (faucet) a bit.
  6. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    That is an AWESOME idea!!! I'm gonna use it this spring!!! Now if only I could figure out what to do this winter....

    For a modification, it *might* work if you use a 55 gal rain barrel and a floating water heater. Instead of hooking the hose up to it you hook the spigot in the rain barrel up to it and put the floating heater in the barrel to keep the water from freezing. Problem is I don't know if it would keep the water warm enough to prevent the spigot from freezing, cause there won't be enough constant water flow to keep it from icing up. The water in the barrel will be fine, but that little bit in the hose/spigot may present a problem.

    Anyone got any experience with rain barrels and heaters??? Does the spigot freeze???
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    ..and if you think there's any crud in one of the fitting, causing a leak, you can usually clean it with vinegar or CLR...
  8. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    I remember seeing someone on here who had attached a 20 gallon (?) ice chest to the waterer so they didnt have to refill so often.
  9. Peepthis541

    Peepthis541 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2008
    Eugene, OR
    I fixed the leak. I tightened the hose clamp with my drill. Previously, I tightened it by hand, but I guess the drill provided a little more torque and pressure on it to clamp down enough so it doesn't leak anymore.
  10. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Way to go. You did it. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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