Thread: HAV/Humat Valve

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    Quote Originally Posted by volff1170 View Post
    Have another question regarding the Hydrant Assist Valves... I've looked at a few of them and my department is considering getting at least one. The thing is, We are in the process of installing permanent hydrant Storz adapters on all of our hydrants... All of the HAV's I've looked at are made for the threaded steamer connections... Can they be used with the Storz adapters on the hydrant?
    I would NOT want to use one with a storz connection. They are extremely heavy by themselves. Then add the weight of three 5" lines connected to it (not to mention the water in them) and then throw in the dynamics of the vibration, twisting, etc. I personally would not trust a storz connection in conjunction with any HAV.
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    We run our Humat with a short section of 5 inch attached to it I would say about 6 feet in length. Takes the weight off the storz connection and also makes it easier to attach the other lines to as it can be moved away from obstructions usually parked cars or snow banks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyvalleyff View Post
    We run our Humat with a short section of 5 inch attached to it I would say about 6 feet in length. Takes the weight off the storz connection and also makes it easier to attach the other lines to as it can be moved away from obstructions usually parked cars or snow banks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by volff1170 View Post
    Have another question regarding the Hydrant Assist Valves... I've looked at a few of them and my department is considering getting at least one. The thing is, We are in the process of installing permanent hydrant Storz adapters on all of our hydrants... All of the HAV's I've looked at are made for the threaded steamer connections... Can they be used with the Storz adapters on the hydrant?
    I can't speak for any other valve, but Humats are available with just about any kind of connection you want, even oddball threads. You can get the different couplings separately and they're easily changed. Anyone with a 1/2" or 9/16 wrench can do it.

    I agree with young son that I'd be afraid of putting any of the hydrant valves directly onto a hydrant with Storz. I have a couple of 4-1/2" Zip nut connectors for Humats sitting in my collection of stuff because they wouldn't stay on the hydrant. I don't know if it was due to the weight of the valve, the hydrant pressure or the fact that our youngest members were making the hydrant connections.

    The idea of using a short connector line and putting the valve on the ground has alot going for it, as long as it's long enough to keep the kinks out.

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