Need help with waterer - pvc pipe/hose, valve, nipples, bucket

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by seann, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. seann

    seann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Due to small size of coop, I can't just drop a 5-gal bucket with 4 nipples on bottom.
    I attempted same bucket with pvc pipes but failed miserably due to leaks on the bottom of bucket (maybe I didn't drill correctly).
    Can someone help me a little bit?

    Idea is to have a 5-gal bucket (with lid) -- (at lower side near bottom or bottom itself) --> adapter --> valve (optional) --> pvc pipe or flexible hose --> another adapter --> pvc pipe with 2-4 nipples --> pvc pipe cap
    or something similar

    I read somewhere here but I lost it. I'll keep looking and will ask Home Depot in the mean time.

    Thanks for any help!
     
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  2. jenniemig

    jenniemig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is the one I made. The bucket will sit outside the coop to conserve space and be easy to fill. [​IMG]
     
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  3. seann

    seann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks great. Do you mind listing the materials?
    I see the bucket is from home depot, so I assume all can be bought there?
     
  4. jenniemig

    jenniemig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought everything except the chicken nipples from Home Depot. The nipples are from Ebay, they were $6 for 10.

    Bucket $2.60
    Screw top lid $6.97 (which will make filling easier)
    1" X 2' PVC $1.80
    1" X 3/4" PVC male adapter $0.96
    1" PVC Cap $0.66
    6' Leader Hose $7.47
    3/4" Bulkhead Union $11.77 (there were cheaper options for this part, but in my opinion this is the best way to go.

    This is the list from my receipt. Now that I am looking at it there is one piece that they didn't charge me for. I don't know what it is called, I think it is the threaded piece that joins the bulkhead union to the leader hose. When I was in the store I picked up the bucket, leader hose, and PVC pipe first, then had the plumbing guy in the store help me find all of the connections that I needed. I assembled it while I was still in the isle to make sure that I had everything before I left the store. It drives me crazy having to go back when I forget one piece of something! To assemble it I drilled a 1 1/4 inch hole in the side of the bucket, about 1 1/2 inches from the bottom. I went through the side so that the bucket could sit on a shelf rather than being hung. Everything that is threaded I used thread tape for, the PVC connections were the only thing glued. I gave it a trial run and it didn't leak at all.

    Hope this helps[​IMG]
     
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  5. seann

    seann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for this. I got all and assembled the bucket and leader hose with no leaks.
    Unfortunately I can't seem to figure out how to install the nipples properly as they leak.
    The nipple comes with a washer and I added teflon tape.
    I drilled using 11/32 (8,73mm) bit but the nipple doesn't fit so I had to wiggle while drilling until it does.

    Any suggestions?
     
  6. jenniemig

    jenniemig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used 5200 which is a marine sealant. You could try silicone.
     
  7. BatonRougeChick

    BatonRougeChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Coop

    Mine looks just like this and I bought it fully assembled on ebay. Love it! Clean water all the time.
     
  8. fuddy

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    I had the same issue with leaky poultry nipple until I added/replaced original plastic O-ring with nitrile O-ring from harbor freight. For those who experienced cracking plastic when drilling holes for the nipple, use a soldering iron. It made the perfect hole for the nipple.

    Hope this helps.
     
  9. seann

    seann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought some pvc fittings (eBay) for this and there is no more leak. Costed more than planned but I'm happy.
    Thanks Jennie for your help.
     
  10. jenniemig

    jenniemig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post a picture of the fittings you added?
     

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