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    Forgot about the shop water line

    When we saw the cold weather was coming in we made sure all of the hoses were disconnected from the faucets on the house and shop. It got down to 14.9*F last night. The shop only has roof insulation, but will hardley ever get cold enough to freeze the water line going to the faucet. The water line has insulation on it also. Well I got to thinking today that I better check the line and sure enough the outside faucet, which is a frost free type, wouldn't turn. The line has a Tee with a faucet inside also. It would turn on, but no water would come out. I checked the line and didn't see any bulges or splits so I used a propane torch to warm the pipe and after a minute I got water flow. I let it run for a few minutes until it had full flow again, shut it off , and turn the stop and waste valve to drain the above ground pipe. I guess I got lucky this time.
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    I agree, you got lucky.
    Sure wish i did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I agree, you got lucky.
    Sure wish i did.
    You have all kinds of luck Giz, it’s just all bad
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    Quote Originally Posted by balrog006 View Post
    You have all kinds of luck Giz, it’s just all bad
    I think you're correct. But I will say it's not as bad as others here on GTT.
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    Your thread reminded me . . .

    . . . to blow out the line to our garden hydrant. So, THANK YOU!

    It is a 5' bury but is only a few feet down where the line comes out thru the house foundation. It may be OK, but why take the chance. This February is shaking out to be a cold one.
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    I don't trust older frost free faucets so I blow out the water line that feeds them. I just cut in a ball valve to block the loop and then a tee with a ball valve and a garden fitting so I could drain into a 5gal bucket. I have a air line to garden hose adapter I picked up on amazon. I use it to blow out the hoses as well as the copper pipe feeding the faucets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nastorino View Post
    I don't trust older frost free faucets so I blow out the water line that feeds them. I just cut in a ball valve to block the loop and then a tee with a ball valve and a garden fitting so I could drain into a 5gal bucket. I have a air line to garden hose adapter I picked up on amazon. I use it to blow out the hoses as well as the copper pipe feeding the faucets.
    I've had one of those "frost-free faucets" freeze and break. Luckily I noticed the leak shortly after turning it on in the spring to run a sprinkler. The leak was downstream from the shut-off point of frost free faucet. It was installed with upslope to the hose end so would not drain out when off. That was corrected and a replacement installed. No more problems with that one.

    Our previous place of residence did not have frost free faucets. Just regular hose bibs sweat soldered on to copper. There were 3, each fed from a stop and waste valve in the basement utility room near a floor drain. That part of the install was good. However, one of the stop and waste valves was installed backwards with the drain on the upstream side. I also like to blow out these lines, so the first fall we were there, I brought an air hose down and proceeded to blow them out. When I took the drain cap off the backwards one, it dribbled a little. Must have had the hole mostly plugged. I stuck the air hose on it and thought I was blowing it out when actually I was filling our house plumbing with air. Removed the air hose and air and water started blasting out. I hollered to SWMBO to come and shut the water off while I have my thumb over the hole. There are two shutoff valves for the supply, one on each side of the water meter, a quarter turn ball valve and a 7 kajillion turn gate valve. So you know which one she decided to turn off. Then I asked to go turn on a faucet to relieve the pressure. Me: "Did you open a faucet" Her: "Yes, but it spit at me so I turned it back off." Me: "I don't give a $#!+. Turn it back on and leave it." After a few minutes, the pressure was relieved so I could remove my thumb and put the cap back on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger47 View Post
    I've had one of those "frost-free faucets" freeze and break. Luckily I noticed the leak shortly after turning it on in the spring to run a sprinkler. The leak was downstream from the shut-off point of frost free faucet. It was installed with upslope to the hose end so would not drain out when off. That was corrected and a replacement installed. No more problems with that one.

    Our previous place of residence did not have frost free faucets. Just regular hose bibs sweat soldered on to copper. There were 3, each fed from a stop and waste valve in the basement utility room near a floor drain. That part of the install was good. However, one of the stop and waste valves was installed backwards with the drain on the upstream side. I also like to blow out these lines, so the first fall we were there, I brought an air hose down and proceeded to blow them out. When I took the drain cap off the backwards one, it dribbled a little. Must have had the hole mostly plugged. I stuck the air hose on it and thought I was blowing it out when actually I was filling our house plumbing with air. Removed the air hose and air and water started blasting out. I hollered to SWMBO to come and shut the water off while I have my thumb over the hole. There are two shutoff valves for the supply, one on each side of the water meter, a quarter turn ball valve and a 7 kajillion turn gate valve. So you know which one she decided to turn off. Then I asked to go turn on a faucet to relieve the pressure. Me: "Did you open a faucet" Her: "Yes, but it spit at me so I turned it back off." Me: "I don't give a $#!+. Turn it back on and leave it." After a few minutes, the pressure was relieved so I could remove my thumb and put the cap back on.
    LOL no i install ball valves only so I can easily identify open and closed. If nothing else so I can talk my wife through shutting the water off god forbid I'm not home. In the spring new bibs are going on however I think I'm upgrading to the hot/cold style ones. Unfortunately I'll need twice the amount of ball valves on the interior to shut off as well as act as drains. But it will be nice to wash the truck in the spring and fall with warm water
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