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    Mystery solved?

    It appears I have the Merrill C-1000 Frost-Free Hydrant of Mystery, rather than a tank problem. Yesterday I slapped a pressure gauge on the hydrant, located 100 feet downhill from the house, and let...
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    I'll field the easy question: If your power goes down so does your electric well pump. Depending on your tank's capacity and how full it is when the power goes off, you may be able to use a bit of...
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    Closing the individual valves overnight resulted...

    Closing the individual valves overnight resulted in the same 5 PSI loss - in fact now it's 7 PSI. I'll run pressure tests on the two legs of the underground line; and since the well has an in-ground...
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    ballvalve, shutting off the individual valves is...

    ballvalve, shutting off the individual valves is on the list for tonight, before I hit the sack. That way the system can sit for 6- 8 hours. I'd bet there isn't an internal leak but that would be...
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    That didn't take long. Filled the tank, shut off...

    That didn't take long. Filled the tank, shut off power to the pump, closed the well-side valve opened the hydrant and allowed the water in the line to run out. It came out at about 1 gpm and didn't...
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    It's not temperature change. The tank is in a...

    It's not temperature change. The tank is in a finished, conditioned basement room that stays exactly 65 degrees 24/7, Oct-April, and doesn't exceed 69 the rest of the year. The house is ICF...
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    I ran the water line... no prior experience but...

    I ran the water line... no prior experience but that's never stopped me. A neighbor crawled down the hill in his Case 580 and then we dropped in the line without rock. An air test makes a great deal...
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    Thanks Akpsdvan. There are no check valves and I...

    Thanks Akpsdvan. There are no check valves and I think the well goes through 30 feet of stiff clay with a 6" steel casing before entering rock. But I'll check the soil above the pitless adapter to...
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    Thanks, Tuffy. I came to the same conclusion: a...

    Thanks, Tuffy. I came to the same conclusion: a leak in the buried water line, drop pipe or pump valve ... in addition to leaky shutoff valves. I don't know what else makes sense. This morning I...
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    The Pressure Tank of Mystery

    I'm aware that Flotec isn't the tank of choice, but until I have the need to replace this tank it's what I have. It's an 85 gallon FP1730 and can be isolated from the well and the house plumbing with...
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