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Most versatile gear on my farm; IBC Totes
1) Remove base plate, cut a critter sized door in the side, done. The metal skid cage act as skids for easy dragging, they act as sled runners.
2) Water collection
3) Aquaponics. Plenty info available on YouTube etc.
**important to use food grade IBC totes. Ive used Soy Sauce, and vege oil totes. Commonly available in my neck of woods for $30-$50
 
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You aren't lying. I love IBCs but I have a question about the threads.

I just got 4 new ones to bury for rain water storage but for the outlet they have a 2 inch (or so) fine thread. It's not NPT. Does anyone have these or could tell me what the threads are so I can get an adapter for them? Thanks!
 
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Dan Fish wrote:You aren't lying. I love IBCs but I have a question about the threads.

I just got 4 new ones to bury for rain water storage but for the outlet they have a 2 inch (or so) fine thread. It's not NPT. Does anyone have these or could tell me what the threads are so I can get an adapter for them? Thanks!



We couldn't find an adapter for ours either, so hubbie made one. He heated up some PVC pipe with a heat gun until it was soft enough to fit over the IBC's outlet. He did need some plumber's tape. It still wasn't quite water tight, so he zip tied a piece of garden hose around it. Now that sucker ain't goin' nowhere!

I don't know the technical names for the other parts, so here's a picture. Maybe it'll help you brainstorm?

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IBC hose adapter--MacGyver Style
IBC hose adapter--MacGyver Style
 
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It's perfect! Thank you (and your husband) so much!!!

I will be doing this as soon as possible.
 
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I've been fortunate with 2 inch pipe thread but I did find this:
https://rainharvestproducts.nz/articles/how-to-identify-all-ibc-threads/
 
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Dan Fish wrote:You aren't lying. I love IBCs but I have a question about the threads.
I just got 4 new ones to bury for rain water storage but for the outlet they have a 2 inch (or so) fine thread. It's not NPT. Does anyone have these or could tell me what the threads are so I can get an adapter for them? Thanks!


I also had an IBC tote with odd threads/coupling. I ended up using something like this and then connecting to PVC pipe like Stacie shows.
 
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Thanks for the other suggestions. I did use that exact "id your threads" link but the problem was finding an adapter after that.

Also, thanks for the reminder that I need to make a water dog. Mine will have to be quad-towable though.
 
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We recently bought the little place next door for my son but it has no water supply so we've rigged up two IBC totes to the water mine, a black one to supply water to my son's place, and a white one to catch the overflow from the black one to supply drip irrigation water to my garden.

The water mine is probably a topic for a whole new thread, but the set up for totes might interest somebody, even if the system isn't fully operational yet...

There's a pipe from the water mine to the top of the black tank, which has a tap at the bottom which feeds a pipe laid out towards my son's place.

There's another pipe at the top of the black tank which feeds the overflow into the white tank. The white tank lets light in and has gotten itself a bit scungey over the years but it should be perfectly adequate for irrigation purposes, so it will be used for my garden.



View of the tanks from the front. You can see the pipe leading from the bottom of the black tank. This feeds to my son's place. The overflow pipe from the black tank feeds the white tank. There's a tap on the bottom of the white tank but it's closed and there's no pipe attached yet, but there is a channel cut to allow for emptying. I guess the pipe will end up buried in it too.

The overflow from the white tank feeds into a pipe which goes back down into the gully which the overflow from the water mine originally flowed into. We're just catching some of it on the way!



The outer wall of the water mine is to the right, above the white tank. There's a  buried pipe that feeds to our house, and we've set up this tote system to provide water for the place next door, and also to supply a future drip irrigation system for my garden.

This is on the terrace above the house, so it's all gravity fed.



And this is the water mine. It needs a bit of work doing to stop the front wall leaking and also to block off the light that reaches the front and makes green scum grow. It goes back over 30 meters and the pipe that collects the water goes back about seven meters so we're not too worried about scum getting into the drinking water - we've not seen any yet!



View of my garden from the edge of the back terrace, just in front of the IBC totes.

In theory it should be relatively straightforward to rig up a drip irrigation system using the pipe from the white tank, which will make my life a whole lot easier in August, and hopefully make the garden more productive too.

I'm also hoping to get a big bit of shade netting running from along the top of the terrace to the top of the chain-link fence to protect my veggies and avocados from the worst of the summer sun.




 
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i also cut them in half and use them as water troughs for the goats. easy to empty once in a while and give a good clean out.
 
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