If you remember, right before we went on vacation in December, we had a very cold week (by Sebastopol standards) and our pvc pipes to the vineyard froze and broke. I repaired the broken pipe yesterday and turned on the water to the system to test it. Low and behold, the pressure gauge broke and a 1″ brass valve cracked and was leaking. I can almost understand the pressure gauge, but a solid brass valve, wow! And it was only in the mid-20’s.
I learned my lesson…I have to winterize the pipes this fall.