Gravity feed water valve

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  1. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    I need a simple design for creating a gravity feed water supply valve for a cage full of ducks, they love to waste water but 5 gallons seems to supply them for a day, I have the 5 gallon jug sitting on top of the cage but it operates by siphon, which is unrelyable. The siphon stops or trash clogs it. The local feed supply has one for $31.00 but I plainly am too cheep to go that route. Anybody got a working design?

    The one at the store has a caged float which travels upward to stop the flow when the container is full. Space is at a premium in this case so a toilet valve will not work.
     
  2. wy_white_wolf

    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    Swamp (evaporative) cooler valve might work. Only a couple of dollars
     

  3. michiganfarmer

    michiganfarmer Max Supporter

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    if you can seal a hose in a sealed container, turn it upside down with the hose hanging down, and stick the hose in a shallow bowl, the water wont be able to run out of the container as long as the hose is in the water because air has to get into the container for water to get out. as the water is drank the ater level will go down, air will go up the hose, and let more water out
     
  4. Cosmic

    Cosmic Well-Known Member

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    Would not give up on the toilet valve so quick. They are probably available for like free from many junk sources. If you put another small tank in parallel with the one the ducks are using and connect them at the bottom or whatever, that extra tank can hold the toilet valve. Bit of Rube Goldberg but it can work. Both tanks will have the same level. Maybe make the second container so the ducks can't get into it. Dual drinking fountains might make their little brains go tilt. The second tank doesn't even have to be located close the drinking tank. Water seeks its own level, provided both tanks are at the same desired water level and some method is used to connect them.

    Another idea is get the parts from a dishwasher. It has a float gizmo that trips a microswitch that tells the washer when it is full enough of water. If you then used the solenoid fill water valve could have a working system if electricity is available in the duck house.
     
  5. TnAndy

    TnAndy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    And there are toliet floats and toliet floats. The 'old' style uses the ball float out on the end of a rod, does take a fair amount of room.

    There is a replacement style that the float just travels up and down a column....doesn't take much room at all.....you could put the thing in a pc of 3" PVC vertically.
     
  6. Cosmic

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    There is also another type that senses pressure of the water level. Has no floats. Never had much luck with that gizmo. Never seemed to shutoff just right, had a lot of leaking problems with the few I tried. But they are also small and IIRC just got installed at the bottom of the tank where the water comes in.