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The Awesomest Coolest Easiest Water Bowl for DOGS & CATS!

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This is a water bowl for dogs or cats.  It is super EASY!  In a few simple steps you could have a water bowl that you only have to fill up once in a while, and it holds twice as much water for later on. 

In this project you don't need to buy a whole new bowl, you just reuse your dog's regular bowl.   If you are worried that you have to drill, nail, or put glue on the bowl, don't be concerned.  This project doesn't do anything to the bowl.

One important thing though, make sure you KEEP THE TOP OF THE 2L BOTTLE!

NOTE: This Watering Bowl was designed, built, and written-up to share on Instructables, by my 11-year old daughter. It's important that I give credit where credit is due, so any and all praise goes to her... the suggestions and critiques as well. It turned out really well, and I'm quite proud of the fact that she wanted to share how she did it here.  Nice work super girl!  What's your next invention going to be? #proudDad
 
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Step 1: Materials

For this project you will need:

-2 by 4 piece of wood about 16 inches long
-1 by 6 piece of wood about 12 inches long
-2L bottle
-Dog dish
-Velcro tape (2 pieces of fuzzy sided, 2 pieces of hooked sided)
-Nails (3)
-Hammer
-Wood glue
-Wood clamp
-Spray paint or stain (optional)

Step 2: Outline the Position of the Board

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Take the 2 by 4 and position it in the middle of the end of the 1 by 6.  When you found the spot you like, outline around the outside of the 2 by 4 with a pencil.  You are marking where the boards are going to attach to each other.

Step 3: Glue and Clamp

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Once you outline the bottom of the 2 by 4, glue it onto the 1 by 6 in the spot that you picked. The outline should help you line it up.  Once you do that, clamp it!
huskerland33 months ago

Awesome job

C I A H5 months ago
have you thought of using a pice of hose like aquarium hose to go from the bottle to the bowl so that you can move the bottle back away from the bowl some so it isnt directly over the bowl like that?
JimTiffinJr (author)  C I A H5 months ago
No I have not thought of that. I think I will try it!
also i was thinking a box cover for it with a sight line to see the level for those people with cats and dogs that like to try to pull the bottle off the stand, just ideas was gonna tryt o figure out how to put one of these together myself for outside but this instruc. gave me a good base to start with
legodude20206 months ago
Cool! Made this, works well and only took me 20 minutes! Plus I didnt have to buy anything, so that was a plus. ;)
JimTiffinJr (author)  legodude20206 months ago
Hope this project was useful!
mkambas7 months ago
brilliant and easy to make! thx.
i've utilized the same concept for an automatic toilet bowl cleaner!!!
visualsenses7 months ago
Clever but unfortunately not new. Something very similar is on sale in South Africa (hence made in China) so should be available in other countries for the past 15 years. It's a big bowl with two special tips where you can stick with a slit in the middle (bottles as per your pic) and the water flows out as the water level goes down ..it costs around 3-5$ max comes in an array of colours. But I am sure your doggie will love your creation!
our cat had one of these types of "prefab" waterers. that helpful guy just got between the wall and the soda bottle and pushed til he dislodged the water bottle and let it pour all over the floor. he did this so often we had to give up having a self waterer. I LOVE the idea of attaching the water bottle to a post. not velcro, since I'm sure that cat can insinuate himself between a post and a bottle if all he has to fight is velcro. I'm thinking a drop in sort of situation similar to a muffler clamp but not tightened. Just a band screwed to the post. maybe a smaller one to hold it up off the bottom of the bowl. I'll have to look into this as soon as I get home.
New is not the point. Easy to make at home, rather than spending $15-30 for the prefab models is, I believe, closer to the objective. And for a kid to come up with this is very creative. Nice work.
Lzrd517 months ago
I was wondering why you tell us to save the bottle top? I don't see that it is used anywhere on the watering bowl????

PS - I always save the tops as there are so many craft ideas for using them!!
JimTiffinJr (author)  Lzrd517 months ago
The reason you save the cap, is because once you fill up the water bottle (hint: Don't fill it up all the way or the water bottle will fall) you put the cap on. Then you stick it on to the Velcro. Untwist the cap (you will get your hand wet) and the water comes out. There are some comments on here that say something about put a hole in the cap that totally work! Also fill up the bowl as well as the bottle (that way you don't use as much water in the bowl).
I'm embarrassed to say that after reading your tut more carefully, I did understand about the cap. Sorry.
Lzrd517 months ago
What a creative project - you go girl! I do have a question - I haven't got such a long clamp so is it possible to make this without or can you give me an idea for gluing the wood together without a clamp?? Thanks, this will be my first wood project and I don't really know much about clamps and things.
Thanks a lot for sharing, Lis
JimTiffinJr (author)  Lzrd517 months ago
If you don't have a long clamp then you can just have a person hold it while you nail. Or a longer way to do it is glue the wood together then wait till it drys then nail.
Thanks so much, just the idea that I thought!
savmom7 months ago
How AWESOME are you! This is a great instructable and I can't wait to make one. My dog and cat are constantly emptying the water bowl. Thanks!
worthart7 months ago
Most excellent project!
grsalmela7 months ago
I love it! Am going to make this for my dog and cat.
rosewood5137 months ago
I think this is wonderful, You did a great job nice painting also. I love your dog. I am going right now to make one....Thanks for this Instructable...
stubbsonic7 months ago
Great job! One suggestion. Over time, any water bottle builds up bacteria inside. It's a tough film and doesn't come off even when you wash it with soap. It's good to either replace the bottle every month, or use a little bleach to sterilize it, then rinse it well. I know, gross. Of course, this goes for human water bottles as well.
A splash or 2 of Apple Cider Vinegar adds flavor & minerals to the water & also prevents bacteria from growing. But you have to slowly add it so your pet(s) get used to the new taste.
I have some equipment that requires sterilization and I can tell you that a "splash" of vinegar won't prevent the bacteria from growing. As to whether occasionally vigorously shaking some pure white vinegar in the bottle would work, I don't know. The easy solution would be to use a new bottle every week.
The "splash" of Apple Cider Vinegar is mixed in with the drinking water & it causes the water to be too acidic for the bacteria to grow. We use it in all of our animal water (bunnies & both indoor & outdoor water dishes for cats & dogs). We used to have to rinse the outdoor dishes daily because they were gross. But after adding the vinegar we can wait until all the water is gone before rinsing the organic matter out.

I even use white vinegar to clean the rabbit cages. It disinfects every thing with out chemicals that could hurt the rabbits. Gets rid of urine stains & makes the cage look new! (Except the scratch marks on the plastic.)

For *actual* cleaning your obviously need more than a small amount of diluted vinegar. And please note: this is NOT for hospital level "kill everything with fire" sterilization. It is simply a way to keep your animal's things cleaned.
Ok. Thanks. It really is impressive how versatile vinegar is for things. It never before occurred to me that pets could just get used to a little vinegar in their water. It's a good idea.
I love this idea. I've purchased many of the prefab kind but the reservoir invariably falls over or cracks. Now I can make my own and I'm so excited to try it. Thank you so much. You are a smart young person and I hope you keep inventing and using that great mind you have. Best wishes.
rayleb7 months ago
instead of bothering with the cap I just place my thumb over the end, turn the bottle over and lower it into the water.
Second note would be to actually have a strap of the velcro wrap around the bottle. If you are away for a good while, you don't want the poochies to be without water because the bottle fell. My dogs have actually knocked my bottle off b4.
Super Job !!
alanemartin7 months ago
Nice instructable. Kudos to your daughter.
smalcolm7 months ago
Recommendation, pre-drill the holes and use a combo of wood screws and wood glue, that way you can still apply glue to the bottom of the 2x4 but forgo the need for a clamp (and yes, also apply glue to the screws before you screw them in).
Also, look into 3m Dual lock, it's stronger than velcro (way stronger) and the adhesive will stick to damned near anything.
I'm going to make this, I have 2 corgis that love water so I'll be using a three liter bottle lol.
Definitely going on my favorite list.
jford107 months ago
Cool project. One suggestion would be to improve joint between the 2x4 and the 1x6. Gluing and nailing into end grain can be an ineffective joint do to the orientation of the cellular wood fibers. You might consider instead drilling with a countersink bit and using wood screws.
InspectorD7 months ago
Nice idea but my dogs would eat both the plastic water bottle and the wooden stand in about 5 min.! LOL If I used a concrete post and a heavy gauge steel water container it might last a little longer but not much. LOL I have defaulted to using one of those hose faucet attachments that they can lick. They much prefer shoving their face into the kids play pool or most of all, the toilet.
modern man7 months ago
Yes, great instructable, simple & well done. I always forget to give water to my dogs so this will help. Cute dog by the way.
Dystonia7 months ago
GREAT JOB THANKS FOR THE HELP
gpavlovsky7 months ago
Great idea! However, I would second the comment regarding bacterial growth, as well as mention that things like BPA that might leach from the PET bottles are probably as unhealthy for dogs as they are for humans. I'd replace the bottle with a safer one.
It's easy to clean and sterilize water bottles - bleach or hydrogen peroxide 10% - but this BTA nonsense... It is proved that you can CLEAN water by filling a PET bottle and exposing it to sunlight - a form to assure clean water for african villages. It kills all bad things inside it, and no BPA detected... It is a research conducted by a female scientist - I forgot her name - but very well sindicated. Best Regards, and WONDERFUL work, girl!
Bravo yes I saw the documentary on iTV years ago. And having lived in Africa 10 years tried it myself. Yes so few know, one can clean the dirtiest of water by storing it in pet bottles stored with the head slightly up exposed to sun, heat under a big plastic or leafy shade.But few have made the effort to pass this technology on. All the muck will reside in the bottom of the water and separate like milk and water. Had 5 dogs no one ever got sick and I used the same bottle every day for month on end simply rinsed the inside by putting a few pellets from a pellet gun and shake it well a few times. Something my Austrian granny taught me to wash bottles in the good ol'times.
I wholeheartedly agree. Waterborn bacteria can easily grow into algae and biofilm within hours. After a day or two, this can very well become a problem. At low temperatures, this can be very unhealthy. There is nothing wrong with the setup, but the water should be changed daily.
BPA would not be a problem in this case. BPA only leaches out of Polycarbonate at high temperatures. Additionally it has only found to be harmful for infants and young ladies.
rusold2day7 months ago
Pawsum idea!! Will be my super girl's weekend project this weekend :)
vatech907 months ago
Great instructable! I always like to see ways to recycle, especially plastic bottles. I'd probably have to put a dot of velcro on the bottle cap and one on top of the board so I'd have a place to stick the cap or I'm sure I'd misplace it. :) Thanks for a great idea!
rfhewitt7 months ago
Great idea! Thanks!
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