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SoonDockin

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Posted: 05/15/20 02:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I plan to run water to a location by our driveway. Same area has power and sewer. I was looking at frost free hydrants but wonder if there is a particular brand that is safe for drinking water. It would be nice to have a one stop location to prep the RV before or after trips.


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Posted: 05/15/20 04:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some are and some are not! Look for a sticker indicating.Hydrants like these are:
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Just be sure that it will always drain and never in a place where ground water can be higher than drain outlet.

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Clay soil here. I will have to dig a bigger hole and fill it with sand. No issue with ground water where I am placing it. I will send an email or call Woodford Monday. Thanks

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I believe the potable water version has no drain.

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If it has no drain, can it be "frost free"?


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If you’re going to install a hydrant, I highly recommend a Murdock hydrant. Those are commercial-grade, reliable, and repairable. They’re also expensive.

If that doesn’t fit into your budget, then the Woodford is a distant second place, but way better than whatever you will find in the big box stores.

Since I put them in in 2002, both of my original hydrants have failed. The first failed to seal, even with a re-build kit. Of course, you have to get that repaired before winter, so I just installed another one from a home center. Now I regret that. On the second hydrant, the rod broke off at the bottom where it meets the stopper. There was no way to get the stopper out to replace it. I replaced that with a Woodford, which seems much better.

Replacing a hydrant is not fun. You think, “Oh, It’s only 3 feet deep. I can handle that.” But then you discover that the hole has to be big enough to get into so you can hold the bottom joint, or roughly the size of a grave Then that may be below the water table, so you’re into sticky, heavy clay mud. Plus, you try to leave a step to stand and kneel on, so you have to work below your knees, in a hole, in the mud.

Most hydrants offer an “EPA” or "Sanitary" version. This keeps ground water out of the hydrant drain, since in a regular frost-free hydrant, the drain is open to the ground water. This is what you want for potable water.

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Posted: 05/15/20 08:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The drain can suck in unwanted material from the soil. Drain operates when the hydrant is off. Woodfords have a heater in lower section.

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Lots of good info here. I suppose I could put a ground box in and a sealed hydrant with the option to put heat tape on it should it get too cold. I will probably put a cheap frost free one in for washing cars and the RV.

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Cheap ones won't last. Had 3 Made in China and they all started having issues within a couple years. One rebuilt and it too started having issues. We have one left working and need to replace another, will go Made in the USA as supposedly they last.


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