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 Frost Free Faucet Frozen
Author: joyjeeves (NY)

Hoping someone has a suggestion for me. My frost free faucet has been freezing every time the temps dip below 32. This happened once a few years ago, and we were able to fix it by making an adjustment and stopping a very small drip when spring rolled around. This year, I readjusted it when it started to freeze on cold fall nights, and there is definitely NO leak. However, it didn't solve the issue. Faucet works fine as soon as it hits mid 30's again,thank God, but freezes right up when it gets cold.

This is a faucet in the middle of the yard, used to supply horses. It's only a few inches out of the ground, so I don't know how to apply heat tape to this situation, but I would if I could. There is an outlet near it for electric. Any suggestions? Please save me from carrying buckets from the house all winter!
Thank you!!!

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 Re: Frost Free Faucet Frozen
Author: packy (MA)

i'm not sure you are using the correct terminology here.
a frostfree outside faucet is meant to be installed in a house sticking out the side. it is installed so it slants toward the outside and it self drains any water inside it when it is shut off.
if you have one of those standing upright in the ground, it will freeze as it never self drains.
a frost proof yard hydrant is another thing altogether..



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 Re: Frost Free Faucet Frozen
Author: hj (AZ)

Most yard hydrants are "self draining" when they shut off, but that depends on the drain not being plugged and the ground being loose enough for the water to escape. THis assumes it is the hydrant, and not the water line to the hydrant which is freezing.

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 Re: Frost Free Faucet Frozen
Author: packy (MA)

he did say it freezes every time the temperature dips below freezing. that would make it unlikely the pipe down a foot or more underground is the problem.
BTW, hj... life in new england... early this morning the temperature was 2 deg F with a wind making it feel like 19 below. sunday it is going to 57 deg..
you know what they say about new england weather.. "if you don't like the weather, just wait a day"..

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 Re: Frost Free Faucet Frozen
Author: hj (AZ)

In Chicago we said, "Wait a half hour".

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 Re: Frost Free Faucet Frozen
Author: packy (MA)

not if you are standing outside..

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 Re: Frost Free Faucet Frozen
Author: joyjeeves (NY)

Yes. Hydrant. Forgive me. :)
And yes, I can always hope for another 60 degree Christmas Eve. Last year was the strangest NY winter ever.

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