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Posted 11/24/2021 07:33 (#9338169 - in reply to #9337978)
Subject: RE: Winterizing a barn

Open up the line at each waterer one at a time, stick down a piece of plastic tubing say 1/4 inch 4-6 feet put a rag around it to seal your water line and use an air tank to push the water out of your plastic line by blowing air down the water pipe. Idea is to get enough water out to give an air cushion in each line line. I used to do it on a well for a pasture we rented every year and had no problems-only caveat is it will be trickier since you have 4 ends which may freeze instead of one. Probably easier to drain them all and blow them out from the supply end. My experience is if a line freezes one time and does not thaw and refreeze it will be OK, when it refreezes it expands or "jacks" the line in one place when it refreezes several times till it gives. At home we had a old system with a line going across the road for summer use where we just unhooked the union after turning off the brass valve, laid the black pipe down in the corner of the barn threw a couple of feet of chaff over it and let it freeze. It had well pressure on it all winter then simply dug it out the next spring and hooked it back up-did it for 20 years, no issues.
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