Replacing a Cracked Hydrant

Winter on the farm is a great opportunity to relax, regroup, and prepare for the coming season. Plant growth slows as light levels and temperatures drop and the hectic pace of the warmer months gives way to a period of reflection and anticipation. Also, everything freezes.

The crack that formed in our hydrant

The crack that formed in our hydrant

A while back the hydrant in the greenhouse froze solid. When we tried to turn it on, the housing developed two significant cracks that caused water to spray out of the side of the hydrant. While we researched a solution, we had to get water in the greenhouse by running hoses from the high tunnel. Normally this would be fine, except our hoses tend to freeze up this time of year as well!

The water that accumulated while replacing the hydrant

The water that accumulated while replacing the hydrant

I am happy to report that, with the advice of Dru at Sunnyside Farm, we were able to replace the hydrant this past Friday! We have our fingers crossed that this is the last time we need to replace a hydrant, ever.

Lessons learned:

1.  ALWAYS disconnect hoses from your frost-free hydrant so that they can drain back into the ground and remain frost-free.

2. If you can, locate your hydrant far enough away from surrounding walls so that it can spin off freely. Our hydrant head hit the wall of our greenhouse, making it very difficult to remove the hydrant head.

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