Whew! I did a lot of work on the barracks this week! Just a few more bits to clean and silicone before we turn that bad boy on.
Overall view. Due to the pig cage being along that left wall, I decided to set my sump back there too, just so that it is out of walking space and doesn't jut out.
Each shelf has spray bars for the water to pump into the jars. I didn't have enough room to have shelves with the jars on top of the gutter with the spray bar above that, so I moved the gutters under the shelf. We'll see if this causes problems. Each gutter is anchored so that one end is above the lip on one side and below on the other to produce an angle for the water to flow. Plus my floor is crooked
Since those shut of valves were SO big, instead of having a shut off for each individual spray bar like I would have liked, Instead I can shut off the bottom shelf, or the bottom two shelves. These will also be used to regulate pressure so that all of the pressure isn't on the bottom rack.
There is also a main shut off valve up at the top.
I don't know what I was trying to illustrate in this picture... but each of the airline tubes is siliconed into holes drilled in the pvc. Then zip ties are used to hold the spray bars and gutters together.
Once again, a poor picture in retrospect. This is the lower end of the gutter - the one below the lip of the shelf. Each gutter has a large hole drilled in it and a short pvc pipe siliconed around it. The water will flow down to this hole, through the pipe and then through a thick piece of tubing to the gutter below it.
The two bottom gutters flow right into the tank. You can also see the intake barbed fitting to connect my sump pump to. There is an overflow valve to regulate pressure of the whole system.
Things I still have to do:
- fix some of the siliconed airline tubing emitters. a few popped out during construction.
- buy more airline tubing emitters. I am 32 short. I decided to go with 44 emitters per shelf as that is how many beanie baby containers it can hold with the new under shelf gutter system. Also too many is not a real problem. They can just flow back into the gutter or be shut off.
- Silicone the tubing into the gutter flows.
- clean out the sump
- make overflow holes in my containers.
- hook up the sump
- let 'er rip!