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Automatic chicken waterer bucket failure

automatic bucket waterer

This was my first attempt at the latest automatic bucket waterer. I think it once held cooking oil.

The main problem with a container like this is the thickness of the plastic. Two of the nipples screwed in fine, but one of them didn't seem to have enough plastic to bite into and ended up leaking.

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I've had that problem too. You can form a seal using silicone (caulking) or waterproof glue. If you can cut a hole in the top of the container big enough to get your hand inside, you can also put a rubber washer over the threaded end of the nipple, and screw on an appropriate-sized nut to hold it in place and seal it up.
Comment by Darren (Green Change) Sun Jul 4 22:32:54 2010
That plastic was awfully old too --- imagine a milk jug left out in the sun for about a year. I suspect Mark's five gallon bucket waterer will stand the test of time much more nicely! It sure did make our trip easy.
Comment by anna Mon Jul 5 07:52:58 2010

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