Our Company provides the trough only. Some of our dealers set troughs for you and others will just sell you the trough and give you some practical advice so you can do it yourself.
WATCH a video demonstration, or follow the steps below.
If you are working with a NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) office they will often have specifications for you to follow.
The tire rim hole measures from 33-63 inches in diameter. Many of our customers pack dirt and gravel up to the bead in the rim, mix their own concrete and apply 4-5 inches of thickness into the bead of the tire, then cover wet concrete with water to slow cure ensuring a good seal. However, bentonite, rubber belting, fiberglass or metal plate lag bolted into place and sealed with silicone caulk are also being used successfully.
Your rubber water trough will resist freezing due to its thickness and color. But with some minor adjustments and a little foresight you can make it a low energy or freeze proof trough.
We can also leave the tire top intact and cut drinker holes around the perimeter for livestock to drink out of. An insulated rim cover can be applied thus maximizing the insulation quality of the rubber in the trough.