I tried something different with outside animal waterers and irrigation pipes for our big freeze. I had already wrapped and insulated the exposed water pipes. For the cold temperatures this time I turned off the water to these pipes and drained them as best I could. When you have multiple faucets and pipes, you can never have too many shut off valves. If a pipe breaks, then everything does not need to be turned off. For the most part draining the pipes worked well enough that I will do this in the future.
The one breakage was a plastic piece in the hog waterer. I dreaded repairing this, because I normally need to keep our feral (born on the farm) hog in sight when working in the pen area. I usually distract her with feed. She has never harmed anyone, but I don’t want to be the first. The other reason is that because the hogs can be rough on equipment I had to make the waterer fortified. I originally used 8 inch nails that are twisted, they stay put, but there is no pulling them out they need to be cut. I had a valve problem once before and I had bought a spare part in case of future problems. Always buy extra when you have to buy parts that break. If a part broke once there is a good chance it will break again. Always have some extra fittings for PVC pipes also. Luck and good thinking on my last repair was on my side. I had the extra part and I had replaced the long nails with bolts. So what I anticipated being an hour plus job was finished in ten minutes. The hogs were staying down in the woods and never knew I was there.
Another thing to remember is always use screws when you can. Nails will work loose over time and screws not only hold better they are easier to remove.
Take care of your tools also. Take the time and make a tool rack, you will know where to find a tool and know if one is missing. I have a friend that does not seem to do this and I think he/she has spent a lot of time and money searching for things in their lives. Never pass up hand tools at a yard sale, unless they are junk, you will not find a better deal.
So you are probably wondering what’s up with the hog in the photo, he was eating some beet relish that didn’t make and that is why he has a pink nose.