9 hours ago
Friday, March 12, 2010
Repairs, farrowing crate
This is the watering dish from the farrowing crate. It's a pretty sturdy item; the dish itself is made of cast iron. The fitting that supplies water is a little less durable, though. The original fitting has broken off at the surface, and the replacement fitting is in the bowl. Now I've got to figure out how to get it out of there. It's pretty rusted in.
I got an 8"x 3/4" nipple and used a pipe wrench to screw it into the interior threads. Then I just kept going, eventually screwing the broken part right out.
Repair was simple after that. Put the new brass fitting in, install the valve, reinstall. Repair cost $15 for the new fitting & valve. The old valve was probably still good, but if I'm going to repair something I might as well take no chances and replace all of the moving parts. I'll keep the old valve as a spare part.