For many years we utilized a plastic watering bowl that had a "top tank" as well as filled the part the pets drank from. At some point it specified where the plastic could no longer be cleaned and, having had some knee issues that complicated life, determined to replace it with this automatic loading bowl rather than a comparable style (cost is concerning the exact same). Size: This dish is 13-14 inches across and also concerning 5 inches high. That allows. I have a pair of stainless water/ food bowls that are possibly 10" throughout and also I thought this would certainly be similar. It's not. We have a couple of medium-to-big dogs so it's great however if you have a dog who is, state, 20-30 pounds or less, this bowl will look ginormous. Keep in mind that since the float valve and linked plumbing are confined in plastic the full "face" of the bowl is not available for drinking, so the readily available surface area approaches a smaller sized bowl. Positioning: I intended to place the bowl so that if any type of parts stop working or get toppled in some worst case situation like we're going out of community it doesn't create any kind of flooding. I resolved on putting it by the drain in the cellar that mosts likely to the sump well (as well as just turning the supply on part method). This is out of the means flooring space that isn't beneficial for much else anyhow. I then ran a drinking water hose (gotten locally to conserve a few $) to the washing machine supply. I leakage proofed everything (see listed below), including a Y adapter, placed the Y adapter on the cold supply faucet to the washing machine and also linkeded everything up. Leak-proofing: There is a really easy secret, in fact 2 tricks, to earning hose pipe links leak-free as a whole, and also there's an added gotcha for this water bowl. - General pipe links: First you require a good gasket in the women connector. Soft plastic is all right, but some tubes and sprayers included tough plastic gaskets. Replace them with a rubber one. You could obtain 12 of them in the yard & garden section for like $3 and they will conserve you tons of time and also inconvenience (as well as water!). 2nd you have to lubricate the gaskets. I have a kegerator so I have Lubri-Film And also around anyway and it works completely (if you could discover something like that in your area it will certainly cost concerning fifty percent that a lot, try a homebrew store if no place else). You probably don't want to playing around community for something called Lubrifilm though so alternately you can just utilize KY Jelly - it won't work quite too, but it's a million times better than a completely dry gasket. You only require to press around 1/8" inch out of television to do a gasket or more so one tube will certainly last you indefinitely (been making use of mine for 5 years and also counting) gravity water bowl - This certain dish: This bowl has a male GHT (yard pipe thread) adapter appearing of it and a female-to-female adapter on that particular to attach to a hose. BOTH female sides have a gasket. Lube BOTH of them. The included gaskets were soft sufficient to secure but prior to I connected the tube I removed the adapter, took out both gaskets, lubed them both (it simply takes a very light movie of covering), and also popped them back in. The entire process takes around 2 mins and will conserve you a great deal of migraines and screwing around. I believe that many of the customers that have experienced leaks with this bowl could repair them by performing this procedure as upkeep. Regardless of how tough you tighten a hose pipe on a dry gasket it will certainly not secure! A lubed gasket will certainly seal flawlessly with moderate tightening up. If the adapters on the pipes in your lawn drip doing this will likely assist those too. I have actually used this things on other pipes components like showerheads too. It makes o-rings and also gaskets and also points like that seal the method they're intended to. I can really think that if the gaskets just weren't lubed it would be impossible to obtain the proper rigidity on both sides of the adapter as well as one or the other would inevitably leakage. I offer consolation with the various other reviewers who have actually had troubles! No assembly line is ideal and also I could think some supply that leakage regardless of what however I assume an additional minute's treatment of the gaskets will prevent or address most issues. Garden tube adapters are very low tech. They will certainly NOT secure if you tighten them as hard as you perhaps could but they WILL secure with a bit of oil jelly on both sides of the gasket. I inspect remarks regularly so don't hesitate to leave one with any kind of inquiries or else please click Yes if useful as well as many thanks for reading!I have actually had this automatic waterer for regarding a month currently as well as have to state that I enjoy it. I'm sure my dogs enjoy it as well. Their old bowl was a plastic 3 gallon bucket that seemed to obtain algae fairly promptly and I was constantly rubbing it out (there aren't any places in the yard where it's questionable all the time). With this bowl, I only have to dispose the water periodically when debris enters the dish and have had NO issues with algae. I would certainly advise that you maintain the float at the manufacturing facility setup. I attempted to enhance the water degree and located that it does not push the float up enough and water kept spilling over - as soon as I set it back to factory setting it was fine. The manufacturing facility setup has an increased line on each side of the float's adjuster that just have to be aligned. I would also suggest getting a fast attach for the hose to the bowl. The hose pipe I have was a bit tight and kept turning the bowl and also loosening up the strings causing a leak. With a quick connector, it will certainly allow the pipe to rotate easily, getting rid of the issue I had. I'm happy I selected this dish and would advise it.