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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2010

    Smile Heat Tape on garden hose.

    I plan on adding a 120v heat tape to a garden hose to water animals at the barn, I believe its preassembled like a sheath that fits over the hose ,It will be lying on top of the ground where it will get wet , It will plug into a ground fault GFCI receptable , but would like advice if it should require a waterproof cover over the length of the hose , anyone used one of these before. Thanks.
    Ken Biggs

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Pacific Northwet

    Default Re: Heat Tape on garden hose.

    Well, I can't give any advice on a hose, but next summer you should run a buried water line out to your water trough and put in a freeze-proof hydrant. While you're at it, run a 120V 20A circuit out there for a tank heater. Better yet, just get one of these: http://www.ritchiefount.com/productsEQUINE.html
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009

    Default Re: Heat Tape on garden hose.

    depending on how cold of a region you are actually in, im not sure that your heat tape will be hot enough alone. meaning that heat tape typically needs to work in conjuction with insulation.. i live in cold weahter area, and i simply unhook the hose and start at one end and drain it by lifiting it up.. i i know this is an inconvience, but beats a frozen hose!!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    West Jordan, Utah

    Default Re: Heat Tape on garden hose.

    You could also get one of these.
    Slow The Flow

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