I'm trying to finish up the second arm of my system, and I'm doing it a bit
differently from the first. But I'm stuck on how to proceed from here.
I need to get water from the 1/2" fitting of the pump on my sump tank, into
some pvc (preferably 2") that will run along the wall of the greenhouse.
From that 2" pipe will be T's that run into valves for each of the growbeds.
I'll be running constant-flow and some rafts over there, and I really want to
control the flow to each bed individually.
I *could* screw some pvc directly into the pump outlet, but there are an
awful lot of corners to take to where the long 2" pipe needs to be. I'd much
prefer to use 1/2" black hydroponic hose to get over there. But I'm having
trouble figuring out how to attach the hose to the pipe.
Right now I've got the hose Y'd off, with one end stuck in an upturned end of
the pipe, and the other end (with a valve) pouring back into the FT. I did
the Y and valve because otherwise the water volume was too high and was
overwhelming the 2" pipe and backing up, so the Y lets me bypass some of the
water. I believe if it were actually connected, instead of just stuffed in
there, the pvc would deal with the pressure the same way the hose does: just
push it through. When I hook up the other rafts and beds, I'm really going
to need all of that water over there, so the Y needs to go away and the
volume needs to be accepted by the pvc.
Which is just a very long-winded explanation of what is probably a simple
question: how do I firmly connect hose to pvc? (Obviously once I connect it
I can use adapters to get up to the 2" pipe. I just can't find a hose to pvc
adapter that isn't for garden hoses. When I look at the hydroponic sites
I've found, I can't find anything pvc related at all.)
Actually, now that I think about it, I only had the 2" to deal with the low pressure volume I needed. Once it's all fitted properly, I can just use 1/2" all the way through. But still, I need to connect the hose to the pvc.
TIA for any help, or links to sites with the fittings, or better suggestions of how to do it!