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

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

  1. mallege

    mallege Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been successful using vertical nipples and my horizontal nipples. I used a 21/64 drill bit and then used a 3/8 x24 tap to put threads in the material. I've had no leaks and have used PVC as well as plastic containers. If you are cracking the material, you could try drilling slower and predrilling with a smaller bit, then step up to the 21/64 drill bit before tapping the thread.
     
  2. FLSweetTater

    FLSweetTater Out Of The Brooder

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    How are you supporting the pipe in the coop or run? Do you have a photo of it installed? Thanks!
     
  3. F6Hawk

    F6Hawk Out Of The Brooder

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    Thinking about dripping nipples, and knowing I may have to move the water inside during the winter, I decided against the nipples and went instead with these: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=281130738417&ssPageName=ADME:L:OC:US:3160

    They can be mounted on the side of a bucket, or underneath one. I mounted mine on the side, high enough up so that if I set the bucket on the ground, the cups are about an inch above the dirt/grass. I plan to set the bucket on blocks, but this way I can set it down if I need to.
     
  4. BatonRougeChick

    BatonRougeChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my 5 gallon bucket outside the coop and the hose goes through a small opening I made in the hardware cloth on the coop. I attached the PVC nipple part with those little plastic ties right on the wire. Here is mine.

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    Last edited: Mar 27, 2014
  5. jody92

    jody92 New Egg

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    What did the male end of the hose screw into? I've spent like 2 hours trying to figure out what a hose end goes into other than the spicket.
     
  6. jenniemig

    jenniemig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made some modifications. Here it is in place and working great for my 8 girls.
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  7. RustedOak

    RustedOak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was looking for a portable design to use with my a-frame chicken tractor... I think I may have just found it! Thanks!
     
  8. seann

    seann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for late reply.

    I bought this from eBay
    search for "5 Heavy Duty PVC Fittings for Chicken Water Drinker"

    Cost some money ($11.25 total) but no leaks
     
  9. FLSweetTater

    FLSweetTater Out Of The Brooder

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    I see you've added the "T- shaped" pvc fittings that have the place to just screw in the nipple. Your original photo on this post shows the nipples attached to the pvc pipe without the fittings. Did your original design leak? Is that why you added the pvc fittings? I have all the stuff to make something like your original photo, but I'm wondering if I should wait and order those pvc fittings from ebay.
     
  10. jenniemig

    jenniemig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, when the nipples were attached directly to the pipe it leaked. I tried silicone and thread tape with no luck. The threaded t's are working perfectly. Now that it has been in place for a while the only thing I see that I would change is spacing of the nipples. They should be farther apart.
     

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