Installing the flexible tubing could not be easier. Flexible tubing uses barb connectors to attach pieces of tubing from one to another, as well as to the drinking valve. The tubing simply pushes on to the barb – no solvents, glues or other products are required.
If you find it difficult to push the tubing on to the barb, pinch the tubing about an inch back from the opening and then try pushing it on to the barb. By pinching the tubing it will bulge when you push it onto the barb, which should give you the room you need. A slight twisting action can help as well.
Tubing is purchased in large sections, but can be bought as small as you like as well. We purchased a 50′ section. I measured how much I needed by simply starting at the front of the system and working my way back. I attached the tubing to the pressure regulator and then ran the tubing through the entire rabbitry. The end of your tube will end at the furthest drinking valve. I call this section of tubing the “transmission line”.
Next you need to actually get the water to the rabbit. At each cage, cut the transmission line. Install a “T” connector to rejoin the two pieces you just cut. Use the barb that is now sticking out of the transmission line to connect another piece of tubing. This piece will probably only need to be about 12-18 inches long. Repeat this process for each of the cages.
Before you connect the drinking valves, run the water to flush any debris that may exist out of the tubing. Run the water for just a minute. While it is flushing out, check your pressure regulator and adjust it so that it is reducing the pressure down to about 2 PSI. You must adjust this pressure before you attach your lines to the drinking valves.
Connect the other end of your cut tubes to the drinking valve of each cage and attach the drinking valve to the cage.