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    Quote Originally Posted by adnedarn View Post
    You mwan the fresh water supply? I am confused by the term drip system... It is just 1/4" water line to a water supply... or a hose adapter. You dont HAVE to hook that up but id bet you will run out of water. An option to try would be a bucket or barrel higher than the cooler with a hose hooked to the bottom to gravity feed the cooler.
    Thanks SO MUCH! You're such a great help. I'm so simple minded that I can't come up with ideas like that lol. My parents agreed to let me get it if I just set a bucket on top of it and run a hose down lol. That's such a simple way to fix the issue. They were worried because if it was hooked up to a hose, it would be constantly running and it would "run up the water bill"... So yeah. I'll order that tomorrow then. I guess my job will be to build a stand, mount it and rig up a bucket on top of it.

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    lol it'll use the same amount of water either way

    just less of a pain in the butt when it is hooked up to a hose....no refilling needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylesG View Post
    lol it'll use the same amount of water either way

    just less of a pain in the butt when it is hooked up to a hose....no refilling needed
    No, it's more of a pain in the butt because every time somebody wants to water plants, they have to turn the water off, unhook the adapter valve, screw in the hose, turn the water on and repeat that when they are done watering their flowers, trees, or washing stuff lol. It's our only outside spigot. <3

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    lmao do they not have hose splitters where you are? itd cost 3-5 bucks and you could keep it hooked up while using your hose for whatever else you may need it for

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylesG View Post
    lmao do they not have hose splitters where you are? itd cost 3-5 bucks and you could keep it hooked up while using your hose for whatever else you may need it for


    Well my parents don't want me to hook anything up to the hose line at all. In there mind, the water bill will run up since the water would be on all the time. :P

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    i spose having to fill the bucket is way better than not having happy plants. and if they ever decide to be rational, you could hook it up in the future so they can see that the unit won't use more water.

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    Sorry if I made it sound like that WOULD work... I've never tried to run a float by gravity alone... So, let me try to help this way, I just now ran out to the greenhouses and grabbed you a few photos, show these to your parents and perhaps it will help...

    You use a splitter so other hoses can still be used, you can then use an adapter to go from the hose fitting to a 1/4" fitting... this can be a polly line or copper. Copper is shown, but polly works really well too (it's what I have inside the g/hs for the RO systems running off of this same line.)
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    You leave that water on all the time, it goes to the cooler where there is a float. This float turns the water on and off to maintain the correct level for the pump to pump the water up to the top of the pads- this only runs when the cooler is running... so, when the cooler is off, and the tank is full, no water is running. (kinda like the tank in the back of your toilet) This is a much better option then maybe running out of water and blowing hot/dry air into the greenhouse or worse, killing your pump.
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    Hope that helps!
    Andrew


    PS: If they still say no, and the bucket thing doesn't work, you can always just dump the water into the tank through the pads.... I know on "mobile" units (like the one I have in the picture there) that is actually one of the options they give you in the manual...
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    I have run a fogging fan using a gravity feed (siphon hose line) from a large rain barrel and it works fine. You just have to be creative about these things and make physics work for you.

    Pineapple, I guess I can assume you never tried the hose-end fogging nozzle technique, since your parents won't let you use the hose? That could be such a simple, low-tech solution to many of your problems. (heat and humidity)

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