For several years we used a plastic watering dish that had a "top container" and loaded the part the pets consumed from. Eventually it got to the factor where the plastic can not be cleaned and, having had some knee problems that made complex life, decided to change it with this automated filling up bowl rather than a similar design (cost is concerning the same). Dimension: This dish is 13-14 inches throughout and regarding 5 inches high. That allows. I have a few stainless water/ food bowls that are perhaps 10" throughout and also I presumed this would be equivalent. It's not. We have a couple of medium-to-big canines so it's fine however if you have a pet that is, say, 20-30 pounds or less, this dish will certainly look ginormous. Keep in mind that due to the fact that the float shutoff and also linked plumbing are confined in plastic the complete "face" of the dish is not available for alcohol consumption, so the readily available area approaches a smaller bowl. Positioning: I desired to position the bowl so that if any kind of components stop working or get toppled in some worst situation situation like we're going out of community it does not create any type of flooding. I picked putting it by the drainpipe in the basement that mosts likely to gravity water bowl the sump well (and also only transforming the supply on component means). This is out of the way floor space that isn't really useful for much else anyhow. I after that ran an alcohol consumption water tube (gotten locally to conserve a few $) to the washering supply. I leakage proofed everything (see listed below), consisting of a Y adapter, put the Y connector on the chilly supply faucet to the cleaning maker and linkeded everything up. Leak-proofing: There is a really simple key, in fact 2 secrets, to earning hose connections leak-free as a whole, and there's an added gotcha for this water bowl. – General hose links: First you require a respectable gasket in the female connector. Soft plastic is alright, however some tubes and sprayers included tough plastic gaskets. Change them with a rubber one. You could obtain 12 of them in the yard & yard area for like $3 as well as they will save you tons of time and inconvenience (and water!). Second you should oil the gaskets. I have a kegerator so I have Lubri-Film And also around anyhow and also it works perfectly (if you can find something like that locally it will certainly set you back concerning half that a lot, try a homebrew shop if no place else). You possibly do not wish to playing around town for something called Lubrifilm though so alternately you could just make use of KY Jelly – it will not function quite also, yet it's a million times better compared to a completely dry gasket. You only have to press around 1/8" inch out of television to do a gasket or two so one tube will last you forever (been making use of mine for 5 years and also counting) – This certain dish: This bowl has a male GHT (yard hose pipe thread) adapter appearing of it and also a female-to-female adapter on that to attach to a hose pipe. BOTH female sides have a gasket. Lube BOTH of them. The included gaskets were soft adequate to secure yet prior to I linked the pipe I removed the adapter, took out both gaskets, lubricated them both (it simply takes an extremely light movie of covering), as well as popped them back in. The whole process takes around 2 minutes and also will conserve you a lot of migraines as well as screwing around. I believe that the majority of the individuals who have actually experienced leaks with this dish could fix them by doing this procedure as upkeep. Despite just how hard you tighten up a tube on a dry gasket it will not secure! A lubed gasket will seal flawlessly with moderate tightening. If the adapters on the tubes in your lawn drip doing this will likely aid those also. I have actually utilized this things on various other pipes components like showerheads too. It makes o-rings and gaskets as well as things like that seal the method they're supposed to. I can truly believe that if the gaskets weren't lubed it would certainly be impossible to obtain the correct tightness on both sides of the adapter and also one or the other would invariably leak. I sympathize with the other reviewers who've had issues! No production line is ideal as well as I can believe some supply that leak regardless of what but I think an additional minute's care of the gaskets will certainly prevent or resolve most problems. Yard pipe ports are pretty low tech. They will NOT seal if you tighten them as difficult as you possibly could however they WILL seal with a dab of oil jelly on both sides of the gasket. I check comments often so don't hesitate to leave one with any inquiries otherwise please click Yes if helpful as well as many thanks for reading!I have actually had this automated waterer for regarding a month now and also have to state that I enjoy it. I make certain my pets like it too. Their old dish was a plastic 3 gallon container that seemed to obtain algae fairly swiftly as well as I was regularly scrubbing it out (there aren't any type of places in the yard where it's dubious all the time). With this bowl, I just need to discard the water occasionally when debris obtains in the bowl and have had NO issues with algae. I would certainly recommend that you keep the float at the manufacturing facility setting. I attempted to boost the water level as well as located that it does not push the float up enough as well as water kept spilling over – once I establish it back to factory setup it was fine. The factory setting has actually an increased line on each side of the float's insurance adjuster that simply need to be lined up. I would additionally suggest obtaining a fast link for the tube to the dish. The hose pipe I have was a bit tight and also kept flipping the dish and also loosening the threads creating a leakage. With a fast connector, it will enable the tube to spin openly, removing the problem I had. I'm grateful I selected this bowl and would certainly recommend it.