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 Post subject: Re: Frost Free Hydrant Repair
Post Posted: Oct 2, 2015 11:49 am 
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Thanks Dogger for the encouragement! Bury depth was 6 feet which I figured out by following your instructions to take the well cap off and shine a light down to find pitless adapter.

I finally was able to dig down and expose the pipe. Changing the hydrant was a breeze then.

Now I'm wondering if I should put pipe insulation around the stand pipe to the connector, and encase the whole thing in 6" pvc tubing so if I ever have to do this again (hopefully not) it would be easier to access?

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 Post subject: Re: Frost Free Hydrant Repair
Post Posted: Oct 2, 2015 3:09 pm 
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You really don't need insulation around the standpipe as
the only time there is ever any water in it is when you
are using the hydrant. As soon as you shut off the hydrant,
the standpipe empties out into the ground.

As far as encasing it with a PVC or other such pipe- to
make it easier the "Next Time", the problem is that it
will make it much easier for the standpipe to move
around until "The NextTime" as the soils around the
standpipe keeps it from moving around and putting stress on
the connection to your water line.

You could back fill the excavation with sand so it would
be easier to dig out the "Next Time",
however if the hole is pretty big, that might take a
lot of sand. Even a 3' X 3' X 6' deep hole would take
a couple of yards of sand. (Actually, good idea though)

I'm glad you have it fixed, and be sure to get the
hole filled BEFORE we have a hard freeze

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