Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: SOUF JOIYSEY
Bronco Info: smells like gear oil
Well, there's a few ways of doing it. I've done it quite a few times being that I live in a shore-town area.
Usually wherever you have a vertical run in a water pipe, at the lowest point, you'll have a T with a plug in the bottom, or someone may have even been nice enough to put a valve on the end. You're gonna want to open up every sink, every shower/tub, and flush every toilet once the water supply has been disconnected. From that point, you just gotta look for the drains down in the basement.
You can do it with compressed air, but you need a big ass compressor... basically a tag-along compressor... because your little shop/garage compressor won't give you the volume you need for a few minutes to push all the water out. FWIW, I've never winterized a house with one, just hit all the drains, and open everything up. Open the drain on the water heater, AND MAKE SURE YOU TURN THE BREAKER OFF! I always put a piece of duct tape over the WH breaker and write (DRAINED) on it as well.
Now, if you've got irrigation, that WILL need to be purged with a compressor.
I've also heard of guys making up a little attachment and hooking a wet/dry vac up and sucking air through the system for a while. That works better for getting the water out, because you have gravity to assist you. But IMO, as long as you are fairly sure there aren't any sagging areas of pipe where water will get trapped, you should be fine.
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Originally Posted by dgmid61
I am sorry to have bothered you on your forum, you should post on the home page though, dont ask any questions cause if you dont know you are stupid...