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Anyone made a home made livestock waterer?
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Sned    Posted 06-11-2002 at 18:48:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thought I'd give it a try, I have several plastic 55 gallon barrels thrown out at my work.
I also have the guts from a toilet that I replaced in the house. My thought is to mount the float assembly into a barrel cut in half the long way with half of the barrel covered with plywood to keep horse from knocking the float out of whack. Mount another barrel above to supply the water, this way if there's a malfuntion I'll only lose at the most 55 gallons.
any thought's?

MikeH-Tx    Posted 06-12-2002 at 16:55:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sort of made one.

I bought the valve assembly from the local feed store for $8, I think, and mounted it onto a galvanized pail to feed the little critters around the house. I put one of those 2in1 hose bib adapters on the nearest spigot so I would still be able to use the water for other things. Net investment $10, cause there are bunches of galvanized buckets around here.

Have another one on the "real" critter waterer at the edge of the pasture.

Unless you are just entertaining yourself, I doubt if your time could be justified starting with anything more complicated.

Hal/WA    Posted 06-12-2002 at 13:15:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would check on what has been in the barrels before I used them. Could be bad stuff.

We always used an old bath tub with a secured plug in the drain. We just ran a small stream of water spray in it all the time and let it run over a little bit. Changing the water all the time kept the water a little cooler and a lot cleaner than just filling it when needed. Before we started using the steady stream, we had a lot of problems with algae buildup. Much less so with the constant replacement.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-11-2002 at 20:22:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sned, you can put the toilet tank outside the fence in one barrel and run a hose to the barrel inside where the stock are. It is the same as the old water system we had in the barn, big wood tank feeding a small wood tank with a float to set the level of water. The small tank fed the water cups for the cattle and kept them full. Move the tank up or down to get the water level where you want it.
Later Bob

Hogman    Posted 06-11-2002 at 19:11:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ain't done it but know it'll work cept You'll haf'ta suport tha sides some I'd recon ta keep it from poochin out too much. Could mabe just run a 2x down each side to stiffen it up. Toilet valves work bout as good as a store bought and cheaper. Waters not too persnikity about what shuts it off, and tha hoss won't know case it's nasty nice.
An old Refrig or upright freezer layed on backside works very well too.See old bath tubs bein used here in tha Hills. Us Hillbillies seldom discard anything usable. Best supply house around?Tha local dump/tradin post if Ya please, what Ya might call a classic swap meet , all fer free.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-11-2002 at 20:29:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hogman, I only shop the best neighbourhoods on garbage night, lots of good classy stuff out there. You get the cow magnet yet?
Later Bob

Hogman**nope    Posted 06-12-2002 at 07:26:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Neighor here died a few years back,had a lifetime collection of realy good rust perserved goodies. His son came back'n took over tha farm,cleaned tha place up first thing, hauled all Them treasures to tha dump.

Time changes everything! Too late He has relized He just took tha farm ta tha dump. Talk about too soon smart too late wise!!!!!

Sned    Posted 06-11-2002 at 20:05:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didn't say ( cause I hate to type ) that I will cut some 3/4" plywood half moon style for the support along with some 2 by's along the sides. Good project for the kids.

Where bouts ya located Hogman, sounds like my neck of the woods. Wife gets on me a lot for having what she calls junk laying around, my reply to that is *look at the money that "junk" has saved us* Truth is I'd rather scrap with a wild cat than go to town for nails when all I gotta do is straighten the old ones. I've been laughed at many times for keeping (recycling) my old nails. I swear I have nails that's 20 years old!

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 06-11-2002 at 21:01:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I kin idinnify with that, Sned. I wuz a grown man before I ever driv a new nail. Had that straigt'nin tekneek down to a science, time I wuz twelve. :-D>>>

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 06-11-2002 at 21:00:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I kin idinnify with that, Sned. I wuz a grown man before I ever driv a new nail. Had that straigt'nin tekneek down to a science, time I wuz twelve. :-D>>>

Hogman ** I'm with Ya    Posted 06-11-2002 at 20:17:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our lair is in Taney Co Mo right down on tha Arkie line. Heart of tha Ozarks,Rockiest place in tha USofA. Raise Simmons'n Sassifras,weeds'n a few bovines... Mostly ROCKS'n keep a good supply of junk. All top notch vintage stuff,never tell when Ya might need a part fer a Stanly Steamer or Buggy rim.

PCC-AL    Posted 06-11-2002 at 19:33:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Old bathtubs are great. When I was a wee lad there wasn't nothing better than going down to the horse barn in July and shucking off all the clothes and jump in the horse trough. The old mare gave me a funny look when she took a sip after I got out. Probably the appreciation of my fresh appearance.

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