Frost-free hydrants install with a valve that is 2 to 3 feet below ground level. The valve opens when you raise the hydrant handle and allows water to flow from the spigot. The valve closes when you lower the handle to stop water flow and opens a drain hole. The water in the riser drains down into the ground so that it cannot freeze inside the riser in cold weather. Adjusting the handle on your Simmons frost-free hydrant keeps it from dripping water out of the spigot and freezing on the ground surrounding the hydrant.
Things You'll Need
- Adjustable pliers
Place a pair of adjustable pliers on the square set screw on the faucet rear. Turn the pliers counterclockwise to loosen the screw two or three revolutions.
Insert a screwdriver into the round lock wheel. Turn the screw counterclockwise two or three revolutions to loosen it.
Hold a ruler on the bottom of the handle. Raise the handle so that it is 4 inches from the vertical shaft on the hydrant. Hold the handle in this position with one hand.
Tighten the lock wheel screw clockwise with a screwdriver. Tighten the set screw with a pair of adjustable pliers.
Raise the handle to allow water to flow from the spigot. Lower the handle to cut off the water supply. Place one finger over the spigot end to check for suction. There should be a slight suction on your finger and no water should drip from the spigot.
Tips & Warnings
- The slight suction on your finger after turning a frost-free hydrant on and then off indicates that the water is draining down the riser pipe into the ground as it should.
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