Am I going to poison my dogs?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Jonathan Kozolchyk, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Jonathan Kozolchyk

    Jonathan Kozolchyk New Member

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    Hi Folks,

    I made a simple water fountain for my dogs using a small fountain pump and "utility grade" copper tubing (3/8" OD) that I bought from Lowes. Is Utility Grade copper tubing safe for potable water? I didn't solder anything, just bent the pipe to get it out of the way and put a fitting on it to keep the sharp ends out of puppy reach.

    Here's a picture of the fountain (don't laugh at the bends! it gets the job done!):

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    Thanks!
  2. Chad Schloss

    Chad Schloss Member

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    poison? no. electrocute or kill them if the pump should fail? possibly. i would have the plump plugged into a GFCI outlet to be safe, if not just abandon the idea. Why is it needed?
  3. Jonathan Kozolchyk

    Jonathan Kozolchyk New Member

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    Thanks Chad! I have the pump plugged into a GFCI outlet. I don't know why, but the dogs like moving water. There are many similar fountains on the market, but they're all a pain to clean. My home made one is a lot easier to maintain.
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Copper is copper, the difference in grades refers to the wall thickness of the tubing, NOT the material it is made of.
  5. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    My dog drinks out of the toilet whether the water is moving or not
  6. kreemoweet

    kreemoweet Member

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    quote; "refrigeration" grade where the tubing is
    cleaned, filled with moisture-free gas, and plugged, so as to avoid contamination of the refrigerant used in A/C&Refrig. machinery.

    It is also to prevent oxidation inside the tubing which could damage the components.
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  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; My dog drinks out of the toilet

    ANd he doesn't complain about you sitting on his water fountain?
  8. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    Nah, he's old and senile
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