Q. "How do these hydrants provide freeze protection?"
A. The Prier freezeless wall hydrants include an anti-siphon vacuum breaker and pitched drainage angle that allows the water to drain out of the hydrant head when the valve stem is closed. This ensures there is no standing water inside of the hydrant supply line, thus preventing water from freezing inside of the hydrant body. Please be sure to remove any items that are attached to the hydrant male hose threads to ensure the proper drainage of the unit during freezing conditions.
Q. "I already have one of the wheel handle hydrants and want to switch to a vandal proof hydrant. Is this possible?"
A. Yes, if you have one of the above Prier wall hydrants, we offer a conversion kit for both the wheel handle hydrant and the vandal proof hydrant that will allow you to change styles of your current unit depending upon your application.
Q. "Do you offer mounting brackets for these hydrants?"
A. There is no need for an additional mounting bracket. The wall flange is pre-drilled with mounting screw holes to make installation quick and easy.
Q. "What kind of threads do the outlets of these faucets have? What can I attach to them?"
A. The outlets of these faucets have 3/4" male hose threads (MHT). Most standard household garden hoses have one 3/4" male-hose-threaded (MHT) end and one 3/4" female-hose-threaded (FHT) end, and so you can attach the FHT end of such a hose to the outlet of these faucets. Actually, you can thread almost any fitting that has 3/4" female hose threads onto the outlet of these faucets, as long as space allows.
Q. "In the different inlet options above, what do the abbreviations (such as "1/2-inch MPT x 1/2-inch SWT") mean?"
A. Each faucet is available with different inlet options, and the abbreviations refer to the way the faucet inlets connect to your water supply piping. We show two different inlets designations for each because the faucets conveniently offer two different ways to connect to your water supply. Here are detailed definitions and explanations:
1/2" MPT x 1/2" SWT: The inlet has 1/2" male iron pipe (IPS) threads on the outside and is sized to accept 1/2" nominal (5/8"OD) copper pipe on the inside. This means you have the option of either threading the inlet into a 1/2" female IPS fitting OR sweating 1/2"N copper into the inlet itself. ("Sweating" is the same as "soldering".)
3/4" Male SWT x 1/2" SWT: The outside diameter of the inlet is the same size as 3/4" nominal (7/8"OD) copper, while the inside of the inlet is sized to accept 1/2" nominal (5/8"OD) copper pipe. You can either sweat/solder the inlet into the hub of a 3/4"N copper fitting OR you can sweat 1/2"N copper into the inlet itself.
3/4" MPT x 3/4" SWT: The inlet has 3/4" male iron pipe (IPS) threads on the outside and is sized to accept 3/4" nominal (7/8"OD) copper pipe on the inside. You have the option of either threading the inlet into a 3/4" female IPS fitting OR sweating/soldering 3/4"N copper into the inlet itself.
3/4" MPT x 1/2" FPT: The inlet has 3/4" male iron pipe (IPS) threads on the outside and 1/2" female iron pipe (IPS) threads on the inside. You can either thread the inlet into a 3/4" female IPS fitting OR you can thread a piece of 1/2" IPS pipe or a 1/2" male IPS-threaded fitting into it.
Q. "Specifically, what do some of the other terms (such as "MPT", "SWT", "IPS") mean?"
A. Many common plumbing abbreviations are used on this page and in the FAQs (as well as all over our site, really). Definitions for some of the more common plumbing terms are:
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