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  1. #1
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    Default Laundry sink for water trough?

    ok....I'm going to have the water during turnout available inside the run in. (spigot in barn right beside dutch doors leading into run in) I have already had electrician put in a GFI/covered outlet in a safe spot on the inside wall from aisle to run in, for later ability to plug in heated bucket/or tub. If I got a large enough laundry/utility sink, I could during winter, simply set same heated bucket/tub inside it....use drain hole for plug feed through.....)

    anyway. I would like? the ability to 'drain' a watering vessel for cleaning times...into a tub/bucket underneath. (keep in mind, I'm only going to have 2 or 2.5 ( maybe a mini) horses on this property....

    So, I was thinking of the laundry type sink, where I could use a plug/drain it when needed......

    anyone done this? Is anything with a 'drain' going to be problematic?

    TIA!
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    Depending on how cold it gets where you live, you may be able to line the sink with insulation and place a bucket in it without needing to heat the bucket.
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    hmmm. See what you mean, Frank, but...
    I want to use the actual 'sink' for water containment most of the year...(so I wouldn't want to line with insulation) I was only noting that for the brief months (central va) that water may be freezing, I do have and have planned for the heated/cords/etc for that need.
    My bigger concern with this whole idea, is if anyone else has indeed used a laundry/utility sink with drain/plug before, and if it works, or if they are leaky/problematic at the drain area
    ayrabz
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    The neighbor kids used a bathtub to water the ponies. I guess nowadays folks would have a heart attack at all the edges the thing had but they shoved it into a corner and nobody ever got hurt.
    IIRC there was a regular drain plug in there and it worked fine, but there wasn't a whole lot of clearance under the tub to pipe it away so if you drained the tub you had a swamp right there at that end of the tub. We were in CA and it didn't freeze hard in our area.

    I had a double laundry sink, one of the really heavy cement ones, but I used it on the ground as a manger and truthfully I wish I still had it. We have a plastic laundry sink with legs and I wouldn't use that around the animals if you paid me. It's much too lightweight.
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    thanks Re: hadn't thought about the 'lightweight' issue.....

    yeah, the 'on the ground' drain is something I want to avoid, as this is in the run in.

    so...I suppose IF I go this route I will have a bolted on pressure treated surround 'frame' so the 'lightweight' part is solved, and horses protected...that way, I could still place/hang a bucket underneath for draining times....
    ayrabz
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    Why don't you get a Rubbermaid stock tank and put it up on blocks? It's got a drain, just at the end.
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