How to Determine the Length of My Frost-Free Wall Hydrant - Wall Hydrant Made Easy™ Bonus Benefit
There is an inherent problem with all wall hydrants on the market today: there is no length indication on the exposed portion of the hydrant. This is because wall hydrant manufacturers will use a single body casting for multiple hydrant lengths.
If a wall hydrant fails and needs to be repaired or replaced, one would need to determine the hydrant length by either: 1) entering the crawlspace, basement, or interior wall or ceiling to measure the hydrant; 2) removing the valve stem from the hydrant and comparing its length to that particular model of hydrant; or 3) removing the hydrant entirely to get an accurate measurement. Option 1 requires knowing the thickness of all wall components. Options 2 and 3 require shutting off the water supply to the hydrant (in some cases to the entire house) — not ideal for the homeowner.
But if the hydrant is installed in a Wall Hydrant Made Easy™, this problem is eliminated. Each Wall Hydrant Made Easy™ has the nominal length stamped on the underside of the mounting base, as shown in the picture below. So if the hydrant ever fails and needs to be placed, the water supply only needs to be shut off right at the time of the replacement. You don’t need to leave your water shut off while you go to the supply store to buy a hydrant because you had to cut out your soldered hydrant to get a measurement. All you need to do is check the number on the bottom of the Wall Hydrant Made Easy™, buy a 1/2” MIP (MNPT) hydrant of that nominal length (in inches), and only shut off the water when you are ready to replace the hydrant.
And of course, this is where the Wall Hydrant Made Easy™ will really shine, because armed with your new hydrant, a screwdriver, and some thread sealant, you will be able to replace your hydrant in just a few minutes (click here for video) — without entering the crawlspace or basement or tearing into an interior wall or basement ceiling.
And there is one more bonus benefit to the Wall Hydrant Made Easy™. If your hydrant ever ruptures, as commonly occurs when hoses are left connected in winter months, The Wall Hydrant Made Easy™ prevents flooding and water damage to your home by containing the water and directing it away from the building.
All-in-all, the Wall Hydrant Made Easy™ is an affordable, logical investment that is almost certain to pay off greatly for the homeowner.