1. Select Your Waterer Height
NOTE If you have several types of animals, select the shortest.
Enter how many inches above the ground you want the top edge of the Drinking Post after installation. Your animal should be able to comfortably reach their head over this height and down into the bowl of the Drinking Post. Here are some common guidelines:
Horse – 30” to 36”
Mini Horse – 24”
Cattle – 18” – 24”
Calf – 18”
Alpaca & Llama – 24” – 30”
Goat & Sheep – 12” – 18”
Pigs & Hog – 10″ – 18″
2. Frostline Depth
Determine Your Frostline Depth
This is how deep the ground freezes in the winter. All waterlines should be buried below this depth to ensure year-round use. If you know how deep your waterlines are (or will be) you can enter that number here, although this may be deeper than your actual frostline.
If you do not know your frostline, there are three resources that will tell you what the local frostline is:
- Excavation companies
- Water Department
- Building Department
*FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY, DO NOT ORDER BASED ON THIS MAP
What Size Non Electric Automatic Waterer is Best for You?
The the bottom of Drinking Posts should be installed a minimum of 18″ below the local frost line
Identifying what size waterer is appropriate for your specific application will be determined by two factors:
- What type of animals will use the Drinking Post Waterer?
- What is your local frost line?
What Animals Will Be Using Drinking Post Automatic Waterer
All Drinking Posts are the same diameter and have the same size bowl. Depending on your specific application, you can install the Drinking Post Waterer such that the height of the unit when installed is at whatever height above ground you desire.
You want to ensure that your animals are able to reach the top of the waterer comfortably. Generally, this is the typical height of the Drinking Post Waterer above ground level once installed:
|Animal||Standard Installation Height|
|Horse Waterer||3′ Above Ground Level|
|Cattle Waterer||18″ – 24″ Above Ground Level|
|Sheep & Goat Waterer||12″ – 24″ Above Ground Level|
What Is the Frost Line In My Local Area?
The frost line is the maximum depth that the ground will freeze to in the winter. Proper installation requires that the deepest point of The Drinking Post be installed a MINIMUM of 18″ below your local frost line to prevent freezing in the winter.
There are few avenues one can use to determine the frost line in your local area:
- Contact your local Building Department
- Contact your county’s Water Department
- Any reputable local excavator will be able to quickly tell you what the frost line is in your local area.