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Problem:

Dino and I are completely annoyed with the current construction of the python units. The plastic part that connects the sink and the tubing together is not of sufficient durability for longterm use on a large number of tanks. When we go from one tank to the next or especially from one corner of the fish house to another the unit moves slightly, which is normal. The problem that has arisen is after about 6 months or so the plastic begins to crack and even though we only remove the unit from the sink less than once a month the plastic grooves that allow it to screw onto the faucet have stripped, leaving it very difficult to attach and detach the unit.

Our plan:

With the advice of a hardware store employee we have devised a method that should allow us to form an adapter made of PVC with which to connect the sink and the tubing. The PVC unit, which I will get pictures of up either this evening or tomorrow, is made up of several specific pieces and then basic pvc connecters between the specialized pieces.

The goal:

Once properly assembled with pvc glue we hope that the unit will be able to withstand the pressure exerted from the water when the unit is in draining as well as in refill mode.

Benefits:

PVC should last longer.
The switch valve (switching from drain to refill) is a solid, rounded, pvc piece inside the unit that should prevent the plant matter clogs to which the traditional python falls victim.
The pvc unit costs about $6 to make.
Hopefully the pvc unit will have increased durability.


As I said before, we'll try to get pictures up this evening or tomorrow.

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Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:48 am
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Post Re: DIY Python
Let us know how it goes. The python breaking is frustrating and it takes them a long time to send a replacement.


Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:07 am
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I've had the same problem with the same piece before. Let us know how the DIY goes.

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Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:40 am
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http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt20 ... no/035.jpg
Finally got the time this evening to get this done before heading off to bed.

Thanks for those that waited patiently and our apologies that it seems to always take a while for us to get pics up. ;)

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Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:34 pm
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Post Re: DIY Python
With the addition of a clamp to hold the hose on, the project is complete.
One draw back, hose must be primed, (filled with water) before it will syphon.
This is done by starting to fill the tank, and then opening the release.
With a smaller pipe being used in the construction, this issue would be removed.

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