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NTP    Posted 09-04-2018 at 06:42:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Barn hydrant
  • I need to rebuild the hydrant as it allows water to seep out of the valve at the bottom of the hydrant causing my pump to kick on. I can't get the long rod to come out to put a new tip on it. I have rebuilt this hydrant before and the rod simply pulled out. The hydrant works normally except for the leak. Not wanting to break something down there, any suggestions as to how to remove the rod?

    PatrickB    Posted 09-04-2018 at 10:08:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Barn hydrant
  • " so there is no way to get to the lower end"
    When there are no easy options left you may have to introduce yourself to mr. jackhammer. Then dig it up and replace it. fill the hole back up with dirt and top with gravel. BTDT

    steveVa    Posted 09-04-2018 at 07:46:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Barn hydrant
  • The rod is adjustible. You might get the leak to stop by adjusting th rod down a little. That has worked in the past.
    Is the hydrant working otherwise? If it is comming on and letting water through, the rod should pull right out. Did you un screw the head, and the rod won't pull up?

    NTP    Posted 09-04-2018 at 09:44:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Barn hydrant
  • Thanks for the reply. Yes, I pulled the head and when it would not pull out, I put a vice grips on the rod and tapped the grips with a small sledge. No noticable movement. I didn't want to put too much pressure on it and break something down below. There is a cement floor in the barn, so there is no way to get to the lower end. As I said, the faucet works fine and the rod moves up and down as it should with the handle. I have rebuilt this hydrant before and the rod came right out with normal effort.

    steveVa    Posted 09-04-2018 at 11:51:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Sounds like there must be rust or scale above the rubber foot. I would try working it up and down. Up and down, up and down, it may work loose.
    Did you try adjusting the rod down more to see if the leak stops?

    NTP    Posted 09-04-2018 at 14:27:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Barn hydrant
  • Yes, I tried a couple of times to adjust the rod so it would go down further. The first time it helped in that it took longer inbetween the pump cycles, but the pump still kicks in. Most noticeable at night when things are quiet. I know it is the hydrant as I can shut off the line to the barn and the pump does not kick in. I'm hopeing some one has had this problem and can give me suggestions so I don't break something down below.

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