I'm looking for thoughts and insight on frost free hydrants...the good, the bad and the ugly. What are you using? What worked or didn't work?
We had to replace our beloved old workhorse hydrant in the barn with a new fangled model and things aren't going well. We have leaking at the top that we haven't been able to stem.
We also have an oldie but goodie that is down by our paddocks that needs to be replaced... after someone did some tinkering just "to see" during the hydrant replacement process for our barn water. Both are a five foot bury.
They just don't seem to make 'em like they used to.
At this point, the person (the property owner) who put it in will have to have another go at doing someting about the leak or replace the entire thing once again. It's coming out of the top near the handle and nut, not the spout.
The handle is made to be off center. It's really hard to open and close...I believe the maker is Merrill. From what I've heard they purchased Clayton, the maker of our dearly departed hydrants. We had two defective Campbells installed before the Merrill went in. The Merrill wasn't leaking right away. Maybe it has something to do with how hard we have to open and shut the thing.
As winter draws near I can't go to the place where I envision myself lugging buckets...again. Augh!
Sounds like it's leaking at the packing nut where they will all start leaking sooner or later just from using it. That one must be a sooner rather than a later. I didn't look it up, but probably a cheap one made in China.
I'm not brand loyal to many things, but hydrants are on the loyal list.
Woodfords here 31 years old and all still working well.
I was looking at the new one this morning. It's not a Merrill, it's a Woodford. The property owner is going to take another look. The offset handle is really hard to open and close and that leak on top is on and off. Maybe there's something that can be done.
The Campbells were cheap. The threading was terrible and flimsy.
There are two models of the Woodfords- Y and W. The Y's used to cost double the price of the W's, but don't anymore. They are now just a few dollars more. The Y's are easier to operate. We have some of both. W's aren't bad, but Y's are luxury.
The numbers after the model letter tell the diameter of the pipe. Y34 is 3/4" model. Y1 is actually larger and a 1" pipe. Both are sized down at the bottom. If you have more than 8 gpm flow, and want a lot of water flow, get the 1.
They come by bury depth length, but someone here had a plumber that didn't understand that and ordered one by total length. Get that straight before ordering.