nipple waterers leaking at threading

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Cynth, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Cynth

    Cynth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not using any preasure but need some help figuring out how to seal the threading to the pipe. should I use glue? or silicone? Help please.
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Quote:Did you try wrapping the threading with plumbers tape?? If not try that and it it still leaks I would use some silicone!
     
  3. Cynth

    Cynth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. lots of tape.
     
  4. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you drill the right size hole? What type of nipples are they?
    You can use pvc cement as it is potable and creates a seal.
     
  5. petejd

    petejd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use teflon tape on the threads of the nipple where it goes into the bucket, bottle, etc.
     
  6. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Petejd, She said she is using lots of teflon tape. If that is not working, adding more probably will not help.
     
  7. quietlyscheming

    quietlyscheming Out Of The Brooder

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    When I first tried installing mine I was tempted to drill larger holes (they wouldn't go in at first) until I found a system that worked for me and the nipples I had bought.

    Poultry Nipple Installation

    If I had to guess, the holes that are too large. I personally would grab a new piece of PVC and re-drill if the teflon tape didn't do the trick.
     
  8. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can't get the nipples to work, you can always get pre-built waterer cups like these:

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  9. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Cynth, if you have used a few wraps of tape and it is still leaking, the hole may be out of round or a bit too big. PVC glue will not work, the nipples are not made of PVC. Remove all the tape and clean up the threads, place a bead of silicone on the threads and the shoulder that rests against the pipe when fully screwed in. Then when the nipple is screwed in run your finger around the outside of the shoulder to smooth out the silicone. Then let the pipe set dry for 24 hours. It takes that long for the silicone to fully cure.
     
  10. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought someone was placing a "t" and gluing in threaded fitting for the nipples to stop leaks? Anyone know just how that works?
     

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