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drinker trayWe have 2 sizes of guzzlers.  They are both 2 feet deep.  One is 4 ft. in diameter and the other is 7 ft. in diameter.  The drinker tray is the same size on both – 7.5’x2’ wedge.

The size of hole that you will need will depend on which size tank you are installing. The hole for either one will need to be approximately 20 inches deep. I suggest digging the hole at least 1 foot larger in diameter than the diameter of the tank to make backfilling the hole easier.

                   AS FOR THE HOLE -

"YOU CAN DIG IT WITH A SHOVEL,
YOU CAN DIG IT WITH A RAKE.
BUT ONE THING IS FOR CERTAIN,
CAN'T TELL HOW LONG IT'LL TAKE!"

All Dr. Seuss aside, I do not recommend using a shovel.  We have installed them using a skid loader and a backhoe. The choice depends on two things – which do you have available and how hard the ground is. A backhoe will work better in dry clay soils because you can put more down pressure on it. You need to get the bottom of the whole level and flat – free of clods. The skid loader works good in sandy or loamy soils.  The drinker tray is attached to the tank with flexible hose so it is best to have a deeper hole right where they attach so there is no pressure on the ell fittings and the hose is not kinked or crushed. The hole will look like a key hole when you are finished digging.

Place lid on the ground to mark where to dig. Dig out hole for tank then dig out sloping hole for the drinking tray.  Point tray to south so sun will shine on it in the winter.


Fill with water after installation is complete


Smooth bottom free of clods

Dished out area for fittings and hose

Cover holes in lid with tape to keep out dirt

Completed 4' drinker installation

 

 

Completed 7' with catchment roof

 

 

 

Completed 7' drinker

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