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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: Water into a cabin from a spring
The original place we used before building our camp, was fed from a spring across the road and up the hill. Piped under the road to the little house.
Spring had two sections of 24" diameter terra cotta pipe on end, to build up a head of water pressure. A tank installed to do the same thing, would freeze. Water never froze much at the spring head, because it flowed out over the top terra cotta pipe.
Supply pipe to house was at bottom of the terra cotta, with a standpipe that screwed into an elbow on the supply pipe.
Part way up the standpipe (it extended out of the water) was a pair of SS filter screens where the water went into the supply pipe.
To shut off the flow from the spring to the house each winter, we just unscrewed the part of the standpipe with the filters, removed them and screwed the capped top piece of pipe back into the coupling, minus the filter assembly. Sounds complicated, took about five minutes.
The water would freeze a bit on top of the terra cotta, but the spring itself or the water inlet, never froze.
That water system was built in the 1940s. The people that now live in the house just replaced the 1" galvanized water line from the spring to the house, last summer.
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