How to Adjust the Variable Valve

 
     

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The variable valve is just that - variable!  The amount of water flow is adjustable simply by turning the end of the valve using your fingers.  You want it adjusted so that it is very easy to get water out, but not so loose that it drips. 
     
The following steps are needed to adjust the valve for your individual birds.  Normally, as long as the end is tightened enough so that the valve does not drip, you are ready to go.  Most valves won't need to be adjusted, but this is how you do it.
     
     
     
1.  The variable valve is composed of 6 parts.  3 of the parts are inside the valve and you won't normally ever need to deal with them. 

     
2.  You can see in this photo how the valve is screwed into the body of the Bird Butler.

     
3.  This is a close-up of the valve.

4.  This is the valve unscrewed.  As you can see, the left end of the valve body that is pictured is screwed into the Bird Butler itself.  The right side of the valve pictured is screwed into the valve body. 

 

     
5.  In order to DECREASE the amount of water coming out, simply turn the end of the valve clockwise.  For example, you would do this is if the valve tip was too loose and was dripping water.  You should be able to do this using just your fingers.  Probably an 1/8 of a turn to a 1/4 of a turn is all you need.  It doesn't take much.

 

6.In order to INCREASE the amount of water coming out, simply turn the end of the valve counter-clockwise.  For example, you would do this is if the valve tip was too tight and was not letting water out.  You should be able to do this using just your fingers.  Probably an 1/8 of a turn to a 1/4 of a turn is all you need.  It doesn't take much.   If for some reason this does not work, the little blue diaphram is stuck to the body.  (see photo #1)  Use the tip of something very small and pop out the diaphram and then simply replace it.  Screw the tip back on and you should be ready to go.

 

   
7.  Once you have the end of the valve adjusted to where the water flow is how you want it, you may need to turn the end of the valve that is actually inserted into the Bird Butler in order to get the tip of the valve back into an upright position.  You will need a 7/16" wrench or adjustable pliers to do this.  Turn the hex-shaped part of the valve just as it comes out of the Bird Butler so that the ENTIRE valve moves and the tip of the valve is back in an upright position.

 

     
     
 

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