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momof2labs 04-26-2013 08:08 PM

Can anyone tell me what this is?
 
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Hello all:
I recently moved to a wonderful house in the country. I have a pipe and spigot looking thing but don't really know what it is. There's a handle attached to it but when I pull it, nothing happens. Foolishly, I tried to prime it with no results. It's located about 3' away from my concrete well cap.

I'm hoping it's something that would allow me to pump my water from the well if I ever needed water when the electric goes out.

I've attached a picture.Attachment 69833

As usual, thank you in advance!!!

ddawg16 04-26-2013 08:19 PM

If it's not very high....it might just be a 'decorative' pump head.

To be sure....put the hose up in it and turn it on....if it quickly fills up....it's just a pipe stuck in the ground.....if the water keeps running a long time...then you may just have a dry well.

If it is a well...the rubber seal might be bad.

jproffer 04-26-2013 08:19 PM

Looks like a standard outdoor faucet...powered by the well pump if you have a well, so no go on the "if the power is out" thing. If you're on muni water, then the only reason it wouldn't work is it's disconnected or plugged.

EDIT: Or if it's decorative :) ....didn't think about that. Good thought ddawg

gregzoll 04-26-2013 08:19 PM

A faucet, hose fountain, or commonly called a hydrant.

jproffer 04-26-2013 08:23 PM

Thank youuuuuu. Hydrant was the word I couldn't think of, lol. "Outdoor faucet" just sounded so......wrong.

gregzoll 04-26-2013 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by jproffer (Post 1168000)
Thank youuuuuu. Hydrant was the word I couldn't think of, lol. "Outdoor faucet" just sounded so......wrong.

Outdoor Faucet is another if you are a city folk living in the country.

TheEplumber 04-26-2013 08:32 PM

Yep, a yard hydrant. Pull the handle up and wait a couple seconds for the flow. The shut portion is down in the ground so the water isn't instant at the outlet.
You may have a shut off for it someplace else too

ddawg16 04-26-2013 08:36 PM

I guess it would help if I had looked at it closer.....and turned my head....

My sister has a 'real' hand pump on her property....I sort of grew up with those....but now that I look at it....way too small.

Ghostmaker 04-26-2013 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by momof2labs (Post 1167988)
Hello all:
I recently moved to a wonderful house in the country. I have a pipe and spigot looking thing but don't really know what it is. There's a handle attached to it but when I pull it, nothing happens. Foolishly, I tried to prime it with no results. It's located about 3' away from my concrete well cap.

I'm hoping it's something that would allow me to pump my water from the well if I ever needed water when the electric goes out.

I've attached a picture.Attachment 69833

As usual, thank you in advance!!!

Thats a yard hydrant, See if someone turned the water off to it in the house. Be warned that they are not safe to drink from.

gregzoll 04-27-2013 12:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Ghostmaker (Post 1168062)
Thats a yard hydrant, See if someone turned the water off to it in the house. Be warned that they are not safe to drink from.

Never hurt us as kids. Just have to let the water run for a bit.

Hardway 04-27-2013 12:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Ghostmaker (Post 1168062)
Thats a yard hydrant, See if someone turned the water off to it in the house. Be warned that they are not safe to drink from.

Why is it not safe to drink From?

Lightfoot 04-27-2013 06:07 AM

try forcing the handle to the farthest open position all the way up. i have one similar in the barn. The actual shutoff on mine is a foot or so below ground to keep it from freezing. Turning it on, i have to actually force the handle thru the last bit of travel. Then it takes a couple seconds. If there's pressure to it you should get water.

Lightfoot 04-27-2013 06:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Ghostmaker (Post 1168062)
Be warned that they are not safe to drink from.

I've been drinking from mine for years, anytime i'm outside the house and am thirsty. guess i've just been lucky, huh. if it's hooked to the water supply of the house, how is it any different?
i don't understand.

md2lgyk 04-27-2013 06:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Lightfoot (Post 1168118)
if it's hooked to the water supply of the house, how is it any different?
i don't understand.

I don't either. We lived onsite in our RV for three years while building our house. Our water source was from a hydrant. Never a problem.

Ghostmaker 04-27-2013 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Hardway (Post 1168087)
Why is it not safe to drink From?

For the simple reason there is a weep hole that allows it to drain into the soil. That same weep hole can suck up bad stuff also. We had them in the local fairgrounds. Folks got sick found out that bacteria from the barns was entering the drinking water through those type of yard hydrants. I. P. C. now requires you use a testable back flow where it ties into the drinking water and post a sign on the hydrant not safe to drink. Modern hydrants must meet ASSE 1057 standards and do not have a drain hole. Those are called safe hydrants, The water is drained into a tank never the earth below.


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