The bucket monitor uses a compression coupling to attach the Tedlar bag and the vacuum hose. Compression couplings are often used in plumbing fixtures to get a watertight seal. We're going to look at the stainless steel intake port, which is a 3/16" stainless steel bulkhead.
Intake Port: Nut and Ferrule
The intake port is located on the top of the bucket. It is typically capped until you are ready to take a sample.
What it looks like on the inside
The bottom side of the port attaches directly to the 3/16" valve on the Tedlar bag.
Tighten the Bulkhead
When you're ready to attach it use two adjustable wrenches to tighten down the bulkhead. This will crush the ferrule and nut into the tube, biting into the plastic and creating a firm connection. This connection is airtight.
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This post is part of the Bucket Monitor project.
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This animated gif and really all the diagrams are fantastic, thank you so much @kgradow1
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