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Connecting a 12v water pump to a faucet?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by emt1581, May 27, 2012.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I just spent the last hour at Lowes and still don't have a solution. Only one not available was the Master Plumber but I've dealt with the other two guys before...they know their stuff.

    Anyway I'm trying to connect my 12v water pump to a faucet (2 faucets actually).

    This is the pump (small black one)...

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyR0MYcb1FY"]How To Connect The Eccotemp L5 Water Heater to a Flojet Water Pump + Battery Starter Pack - YouTube[/ame]


    This is the sinks/faucets I'll be using....

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUb011_B448"]Portable Concession Sink for Moble Food Vendors - YouTube[/ame]


    AFAIK It's a 3/8" barb on the pump end. The faucet is a 3/8 FIP (I think)....but a standard faucet nonetheless.

    Anyone know how to make this happen?

    Thanks

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  2. Jumper

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    I don't quite understand your question. Are you asking what fittings to use or, how to plumb it? Plumbing it is not too hard. The pump inlet connects to a hose that extends to the bottom of your clean water jug/bucket. The discharge of the pump connects to a "T". One side of the "T" feeds the cold water inlet of the on-demand water heater. The last side of the same "T" connects to the cold water side of your faucets. The hot water outlet side of your water heater connects to your hot water side of your faucets. To keep even pressure to your faucets, connect the 2 hot water sides to a "t" in the mid point of the line an connect this "T" to the hot water outlet from your heater. For the cold do the same thing: connect both cold sides to a "t" and feed the "t" from the "t" at the discharge of the pump. Use 3/8" plastic "T" fittings and hose clamps throughout.

    The sink in the YouTube video was a pretty good design.


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    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I'm asking what fittings to use. I have the plumbing figured out.

    I can't figure out what size tubing will work for the pump AND the male end of the faucet where it needs to connect to. OR what fitting will let me go from 3/8" tubing (barb on one side) to 3/8" FIP which is what I think the faucet is. :dunno:

    Thanks

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    If the sizes you say are correct....what you need is a 3/8 female barbed adapter and some 3/8 tubing and stainless hose clamps ...best of luck
     
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    emt1581 Curious Member

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    so 3/8 barb male on one end and 3/8 female on the other...right?

    We couldn't find one that would screw on to a standard faucet. Any idea where to find one?

    Thanks

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    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Anyone?

    Thanks

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    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I appreciate the reply but we tried this. This is why I specificed FIP....because the guy there showed me this combination. Due to the lack of FIP threading (and I have no idea what FIP means)...the two parts would not go together.


    EDIT: There isn't an adapter going from whatever other type of 3/8" threading to FIP is there??

    Thanks though

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    Sorry, I missed a step:
    3/8" Compression to FIP

    Connect the water supply line to the 3/8 Compression to FIP. The connect that to the barb fitting. Toss out the compression nut on the fitting.

    BTW:
    FIP = Female Iron Pipe Thread
    MIP = Male Iron Pipe Thread
    Also you have
    Compression (which uses a different thread)
    and Flare (Yet a different thread)
     
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    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I think we tried this combination as well....now this would actually work with the hardened vinyl tubing but not the softer/clear stuff IIRC.

    So this may be an option. However there will be some movement to the line and I may disconnect it once a week for transport. So I'm not sure how much flexing and on/off of the tubing this setup will take. But I think we are getting warmer.

    Thanks

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    I'm trying to think, and I think the only way to do this, is going to be by doing what DaneA suggested.
     
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    Alright, what I'm going to do is contact the company/guy I bought it from and ask him what fitting HE uses.

    If that doesn't work I'll give the above mentioned idea a try.

    I appreciate the replies :)

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    Wouldn't it be easier to have used a RV pump faucet setup?