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    Connecting hose to Draco Drum

    Hi guys,

    So maybe/probably a silly question, but how do you attach the hose to a Draco Drum Solum? The drum has a brass compression fitting, is it just a case of pushing the hose into the fitting and tightening the nut? There is also a copper ring, does the hose go through this part also?

    I'm concerned that this doesn't seem like the right way of doing it, and the last thing I want is the hose bursting off the fitting at some point! I've searched online but most compression fittings I can see are to suit copper pipe coming into them, not garden hose pipe.

    I am running direct to the drum from mains without the wash pump, I have 3.5bar of pressure so hope this is OK for the Solum 25 - manual says 3-3.5 minimum.

    Also, same question on the other end, how have you guys attached your hoses to the mains end securely?

    Any advice or pics would be great.

    Thanks!



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    My solum is connected with plastic mains pipe work and works well.
    I wouldn't recommend useing a hosepipe,maybe ok for a while but if it fails all sorts can go wrong,I will put up a picture of mine.
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    There you go mate,the white pipe at the bottom is the supply to an isolater valve then to the Draco valve,the copper pipe can be replaced with plastic pipe but you need an insert.
    How far from your supply to the drum ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by john1 View Post
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    There you go mate,the white pipe at the bottom is the supply to an isolater valve then to the Draco valve,the copper pipe can be replaced with plastic pipe but you need an insert.
    How far from your supply to the drum ?
    Thanks John, that's just what I was after. What's the size and name of the white pipe you used i.e where can I get it from?

    My supply is quite far away, I would estimate about 20-25 meters away but that's not in a straight line either - do you think that will cause issues?

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    No issues mate though you will have to insulate it for the winter or bury it if possible.
    You can buy blue supply pipe though not sure of the size.
    Mine is 15mm bore and it can be bought in 25mm rolls so no joints,I am not a plumber but have a fair idea of things,Dave the fish is a plumber so maybe he can help.

    Basically you need a T on your supply then an isolater valve in case of problems,then it can be laid and bent to the drum to another isolater valve,easy to do and with plastic connecters doesnt take long.
    John

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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184665980...Cclp%3A2334524

    Something like this mate, then you need 2 x isolater valves, a T and a few pipe inserts.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by john1 View Post
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184665980...Cclp%3A2334524

    Something like this mate, then you need 2 x isolater valves, a T and a few pipe inserts.
    Exactly the stuff I used.

    Supposedly is more burst proof than copper as well. Mine froze solid this winter and didn't burst!

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    Quote Originally Posted by john1 View Post
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184665980...Cclp%3A2334524

    Something like this mate, then you need 2 x isolater valves, a T and a few pipe inserts.
    Thanks a lot John that's really helpful, I'll grab some of this stuff and have a play!



    Quote Originally Posted by RS2OOO View Post
    Exactly the stuff I used.

    Supposedly is more burst proof than copper as well. Mine froze solid this winter and didn't burst!

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    Thanks RS, do you have your pipe insulated or buried? Did it cause any issues with the drum not being able to clean itself?

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    I used the same, incredibly easy to use, make sure you fit the little U shaped clamps though so the joints cant spring off. I insulated mine and have had no issues, the actual brass to plastic connector to the actual unit was available at B and Q (draco drop in) not sure if that's the same?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mannh85 View Post
    Thanks a lot John that's really helpful, I'll grab some of this stuff and have a play!





    Thanks RS, do you have your pipe insulated or buried? Did it cause any issues with the drum not being able to clean itself?
    Mainly insulated, just a small amount buried.

    Yes, it did cause a nightmare with the drum not cleaning.

    Drum blocked and emptied leaving media exposed and the small heater I had in there also exposed. Heater burnt a hole through the filter lid, and pump was running dry.

    My Draco doesn't have a bypass so next time I'll be getting one that does!

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