Winter waterer - Steve

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Aaron

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Follow up on our previous discussion.

Got the waterer set up on Thursday while we had our one above-freezing day.

The company misunderstood me and sent me their high output pump. Usually is two smaller bilge pumps in tandem. It fills the tub in about 1/2 the time of the two smaller pumps.
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This is the catch basin above the pump that keeps any debris from flowing back into the pump when it drains.
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This is the motion eye.
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This is the bottom of the tub. Water goes in at my thumb and is double walled to eventually drain back at my finger.
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I can fit three group 31 batteries in the box, which is plenty for the number of cows I have on this system.
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That is the specs for the batteries. Basically the longest amp hours I can get without breaking the bank.
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To protect the cords I bury 1" poly from the steel casing. It also serves another purpose; as a drain when I don't get the steel culvert dead center with the poly culvert.
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The charge controller. Again different from what I am used to, but it will work.
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Mounted motion eye. I use a chunk of poly culvert to protect it from the elements. But even then, freezing rain at an angle can get on the eye and keep it from working - one of the occasional hiccups with the system. A lot of guys build an elaborate wooden box frame/shed around the eye to protect it entirely.
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What I mentioned about not getting the 5' chunk of steel dead center with the poly. Some water drains back properly and some doesn't, so my line works as an overflow tube.
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Complete system.
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In action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pz5Q9o192E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvlDuSrQLDQ
 
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