It no longer leaks or drips, but it
refuses to drain down, so when the weather got cold, it
CY: I presume you took the hose off?
Fortunately I caught it before it did any damage, and have
keeping an electric heater next to it.
CY: Ouch, expensive heat.
I have adjusted it as the directions stated, and every
between running to unable to push the shaft down. It just
CY: Unable to push the shaft down? Is that how you know it's
full of water? We hae yard hydrants in NYS, but that doesn't
Someone said the ground may be saturated, but it's been
shut off for 3 weeks since I repaired it and should have
now. Someone else said the drain hole may be plugged and I
to dig it up. I keep thinking there is a way to blow that
with compressed air, (but how)?
CY: If the drain hole is closed, I'd think to close the
valve (handle down). Build a rig so that you can adapt
garden hose thread (on the end of the spout) to a valve, and
a plug for your air compresssor hose. Handle down, hook up
the compressor to the spout, and give er about 20 PSI, see
if that helps. The drain hole ought to be off the vertical
tube, and that should do it.
Finally, I wont be digging it up till spring. Elec. heaters
use a lot
of energy, so I will get a heat tape. The local hardware
insists that I can not spiral the heat tape around the pipe.
that on another pipe 10 years ago and it still works fine.
I told him
this. He said that the newer tapes can only be run in a
up the pipe. Now, let me ask how the hell is that going to
entire one inch pipe thawed in 20 below zero weather, and
heat tape looks exactly like the older kind except costing
more. What;s the scoop about this pipe heat tape? Yes, i DO
never overlap it, but I have always spiralled it along a
think this guy is an idiot, but thought I'd see what you all
Cy: Read the package. Spiraling the tape would give you more
watts per foot, which can be a good thing. Some heat tapes,
the cheaper ones. if you overlap, it gets TOO hot, and burns
out. I'd go ahead with the spiral, and would also put some
foam wrap over the heat tape.