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Old 10-20-2019, 08:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Frost Free Water Tap/Valve

Can't believe there isn't a huge thread on this, found one about a cottage valve failing in 2017.

What doesn't suck out there? Will be checking a local plumbing supply house tomorrow. HD and Lowes seem to get shitty reviews and I've had a cheap tap fail in our old rental.
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Woodford frost-free faucets. Definitely get one from a plumbing supply. The only time I have ever seen one go bad was when a hose was left attached with the faucet on over the winter.

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google frost free hydrant.. you should get more results.
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Woodford frost-free faucets. Definitely get one from a plumbing supply. The only time I have ever seen one go bad was when a hose was left attached with the faucet on over the winter.
This^
We have one of their hydrants in the shop and its amazing the difference between that and the "cheaper" ones.
It will drain the hose attached to the hydrant in ~30 seconds after its shut off.
I will not buy another Chinese junk one for any hydrant that we put in.

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Why - just put a valve in the house to shut off the outside water in the winter.
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Woodford frost-free faucets. Definitely get one from a plumbing supply. The only time I have ever seen one go bad was when a hose was left attached with the faucet on over the winter.
I got a Woodford from Lowe's, I don't imagine there's a difference between it and one from a specialty store. I just installed it this summer, so this will be the first winter with it. So far with the limited use I haven't had any issues with it so far and it seems solid.
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Why - just put a valve in the house to shut off the outside water in the winter.
I like having both just in case. The current valve inside our new house is damaged and allows water to the outside tap. I’m switching it to a ball valve and hopefully a 1/4 turn frost free if I can find one. I’ve had previous failed frost valves and having the interior shut off was a huge plus. Not uncommon here to have -20F or colder weather
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I've got a cheap one on each end of my house and have never had a problem. One has been there for about 15 years and the other has been there for 4 years.
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I like having both just in case. The current valve inside our new house is damaged and allows water to the outside tap. I’m switching it to a ball valve and hopefully a 1/4 turn frost free if I can find one. I’ve had previous failed frost valves and having the interior shut off was a huge plus. Not uncommon here to have -20F or colder weather
It gets that cold here too. That is why I have shutoffs and drain the lines.
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Try Tractor Supply.

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/hydrant-4-ft

This 4 ft. Hydrant provides easy access to water for all your lawnscaping projects.

6 ft. total length
4 ft. bury depth
Corrosion-resistant standpipe
Leakproof seal can be easily replaced
Easily replaced rod, plunger, seat and linkage without digging
Lockable cast iron head
90 day limited warranty
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https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/hydrant-4-ft



This 4 ft. Hydrant provides easy access to water for all your lawnscaping projects.



6 ft. total length

4 ft. bury depth

Corrosion-resistant standpipe

Leakproof seal can be easily replaced

Easily replaced rod, plunger, seat and linkage without digging

Lockable cast iron head

90 day limited warranty


The only thing that looks good about them from the ratings is the repair kits...


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Not sure if you need one from the wall or stand alone. How about this, Zurn Z1321-CXL-6:

https://www.amazon.com/Zurn-Wall-Hyd...52133759&psc=1
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Don't buy the cheap ones. God they suck. A good one is going to cost you around $40 I got the woodford at Home depot. Great product.
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Try Tractor Supply.

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/hydrant-4-ft

This 4 ft. Hydrant provides easy access to water for all your lawnscaping projects.

6 ft. total length
4 ft. bury depth
Corrosion-resistant standpipe
Leakproof seal can be easily replaced
Easily replaced rod, plunger, seat and linkage without digging
Lockable cast iron head
90 day limited warranty
I am willing to pay $100 more to NOT have to dig it up in 5 years because the valve has corroded shut (been there, done that) and to avoid having to haul water out to the cows in buckets because the hydrant froze up in the middle of winter (got the t-shirt): https://www.lowes.com/pd/Woodford-Y3...ydrant/3572498


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google frost free hydrant.. you should get more results.
This, I was thinking this was what you were asking about. Or are you thinking of the frost free spigot that goes through the wall of your house to the outside?
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Zurn Yard Hydrant Z1396XL. 2 to 8' bury depth. Not sure how much but order through your local plumbing supply.

https://www.zurn.com/media-library/w...ts/z1396xl-pdf
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This, I was thinking this was what you were asking about. Or are you thinking of the frost free spigot that goes through the wall of your house to the outside?
Through the wall spigot
Or “silcock” I guess it’s called
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Then Woodford would still be my go to. I replaced two of my spigots with Woodford frost frees that I bought at Lowes. Also made in U.S.A. if that matters to you. They had more clearance from the house to make attaching the hose easier since I was always scraping my knuckles on the stucco with the other style that was there.
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I put in a couple 2 years ago. Working fine. Hot water outside is fantastic. Baloons by my daughter.

I spent some time looking for a 1/4 turn ball valve sillcock, and couldn't find much. One company made them, but didn't have much of any distribution. I decided I'd rather use something I can get find anywhere, Woodford from HD/Lowes.

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