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#6795858 - 06/17/17 07:06 AM Water
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Every year by September, my place has gotten very dry. Surface water is gone, my neighbors have the same issues, so it is long ways to insufficient sources that are crowded with cattle. I've wanted to run water to the far reaches of my property for a very long time. The finances and a plan on exactly how I wanted it laid out were finally worked out.

I had a ½ hp water well at the house that is only being used to run the sprinkler system in my yard so my water well service guys ran some tests on it thought it would be more than adequate as it has more to do with the pipe diameter.

A decade and a half ago when I bought this place, I had run a 1¼" pipe from this well up to my shooting range as I built a cover for the range that also serves as a game cleaning area. From there, it is a straight shot down the range to the back of my property some 2500', so it was easy to run it down the range and tee off to go various directions. The terminal end is delivering 15 gal/min!









I'm a 1D1 property without any livestock so I wanted my water troughs to be very specific for my needs. I did not want anything other than concrete and looked at forming and casting my own but found what I needed at Ranch Specialties which is part of the McAllen Ranch near San Isidero. Yesterday, I made the 450-mile round trip to pick them up.







Now a critter does not have to travel more than 300 yards to find fresh water.

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#6795859 - 06/17/17 07:12 AM Re: Water [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Oh, just in the nick of time. We hit 101° yesterday, that has always started the "disappearing act" here. Not a moment to spare!

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#6795863 - 06/17/17 07:19 AM Re: Water [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Significant improvement IMO, looks great and like the concrete "ponds" up
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#6795867 - 06/17/17 07:24 AM Re: Water [Re: Ranch Dog]
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BTW, what type float did you use?
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#6795883 - 06/17/17 07:45 AM Re: Water [Re: Western]
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Inside the PVC canister in the corner of the pad is a Flowmaster Toilet float.The water flows from that canister through a small diameter hole in both the canister and concrete to the pan. It comes with everything including a tube of sealant to seal the canister to the concrete. I will get a picture of it later today.
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#6795895 - 06/17/17 07:53 AM Re: Water [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Sounds like a solid set up, probably wont find similar here, but could likely copy it. We have more water here, but my little pond can go dry when we get dry like this. I could get by easy with a standard stock type trough and float, but that limits ground birds.
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#6795945 - 06/17/17 09:12 AM Re: Water [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Well done. up
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#6796494 - 06/17/17 09:47 PM Re: Water [Re: Ranch Dog]
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That is some awesome stuff. I will probably get two for our Comstock place. One for the dogs in the back yard and one up front for the critters. We go down to the Valley pretty regularly and it shouldn't be too hard to go up to 1017 instead of via McCook, on the return trip.

Thanks a million for posting this.


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#6796696 - 06/18/17 06:50 AM Re: Water [Re: deerfeeder]
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Originally Posted By: deerfeeder
That is some awesome stuff. I will probably get two for our Comstock place. One for the dogs in the back yard and one up front for the critters. We go down to the Valley pretty regularly and it shouldn't be too hard to go up to 1017 instead of via McCook, on the return trip.

Thanks a million for posting this.

You're Welcome. Jim McCallen is a hoot to talk! The pickup location is about 11½ miles west of US281 on FM1017. There is a gas station a mile south of FM1017 on US281, but nothing north for 60 miles.
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#6797058 - 06/18/17 02:51 PM Re: Water [Re: Ranch Dog]
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I know the area pretty well, worked Starr County in the Border Patrol and Hidalgo, Starr, Zapata, and south end of Jim Hogg, as a Customs Special Agent.

Thanks again.
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#6797140 - 06/18/17 05:15 PM Re: Water [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Great work! that is some fine looking set-ups!

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#6797146 - 06/18/17 05:23 PM Re: Water [Re: Ranch Dog]
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I would get some cams on those water holes bc they will be getting visits from all sorts of cool creatures

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#6797367 - 06/18/17 09:58 PM Re: Water [Re: Ranch Dog]
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That's gonna be a game changer for you I bet. Very nice set up.

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#6797498 - 06/19/17 06:51 AM Re: Water [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Registered: 11/04/16
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Loc: Arlington TX
I look forward to seeing you post some pics of them getting action.

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#6799350 - 06/20/17 08:29 PM Re: Water [Re: Ranch Dog]
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I thought I would add a couple of pictures of prepping the waterers; it is very easy. You start by applying silicone, which is supplied, to the hole and then driving the 4". PVC pipe through it. The only thing you need to pay attention to is aligning the hole in the pipe with the hole in the concrete.



The FlowMaster Toilet float, supplied, is secured in the pipe.



Here it is filled.



It is suggested that you use stainless plumbing pigtails. Off the FlowMaster it must be a 7/8" X whatever" Toliet connection. I'm using a faucet at the supply line so I needed to make the switch to 1/2' X 1/2" Faucet. The various connections are identified.



The contact number.

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