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Fred Werring
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I did sorta the same thing.

Ran it up over the door on my old barn, along the hay mow, dropped down and around to the cow shed to the water tank.

Just got about a 10ft hose that hooks up to the pvc at one end that I have to drain.

Works good.

Fred
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I tried that one or two winters,and it don't work.I blew it out with the air compressor every time and water would always freeze somewhere.I only had about 100',mostly downhill,and on the coldest nights-below 25*,it would freeze.Good luck,Mark
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Or, rent a trencher next summer, trench in a water line 4' deep, hook up a frost proof hydrant, and forget about it.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I used to roll up hoses etc and finally an old neigbour said to leave the water running at about the flow the size of a pencil, the moving water won't freeze and the cattle will keep the trough drank down if you start with the trough down.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

IF the hose is all uniform size (maybe, but not likely), there are little foam balls you can put in the line before blowing the air in. That should help push more of the water out. Experiment with one length at a time. Works well with pipes. One power plant I visited in GA uses a system like that in the cooling water tubes of their condenser- the cleaning action of the foam balls picked up five megawatts of productivity in the first weekend of use. Our local irrigation shop sells them for irrigation-sized pipes.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Or....


https://www.amazon.com/Pirit-PWL-03-100-100-Feet-Heated-Hose/dp/B008VM889Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512694698&sr=8-1&keywords=heated+hose+100
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I made basically the same thing only with a valve on it. Use it to blow out hose reels before putting in an non heated building and seems to work pretty good. I was mainly wanting to blow it out to get rid of some weight
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you're going to pickup the hose and move along anyway, you don't need the air.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Had some friends that did what you are wanting to do. They had 300 feet of 5/8" hose, I made them up an adapter and they used a 20 gallon electric compressor. It worked okay and we did have a lot of below freezing days that winter. This was in North Carolina though.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I?ve thought Of that but at over 600$ it?s not feasible
what I really need to do is bury a real water line
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That?s what I think I?ll do should have this last
summer
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:53 am    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My experience is water will still freeze in low spots. We used to blow out sprinkler systems with a 185 cmf compressor and still fixed several leaks every spring.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:45 am    Post subject: Re: Frozen water lines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dad taught me to "walk the water out" of the hose over 60 years ago. Just unhook the hose from the hydrant, lift the end up over your head, and slowly walk along under the whole length of the hose. Gravity moves all the water out of the hose. Never had one freeze up yet that had been "walked out".
 
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