Adding an Outdoor Faucet
Installing a frostproof faucet is easier than dragging a hose around the house.
Synopsis: As you haul your garden hose around from the backyard for the hundredth time this year, you may wonder what it would be like to have a garden faucet in front of the house, where you actually need it. Luckily, help is at hand. Using common tools and a basic layout, professional plumber Carl Vonnoh walks us through the installation of a brand-new frostproof exterior faucet. This article also highlights the anatomy of a frostproof faucet (also known as freezeless or frost-free faucet), including the inner workings of each plumbing component and how it helps eliminate the frozen and burst pipes that plague outdoor faucets in cold regions.
Whether you’re an avid gardener or you’d just like to have an extra outdoor faucet instead of an extra 100 ft. of garden hose, the simplicity of this installation will make you think twice about paying a doctor’s wages to a plumber who doesn’t dress nearly as well.
Find a reference point
A new outdoor faucet can go just about anywhere; the location depends on your needs. Once the location is chosen, take careful note of any distinct reference points that can be seen from both inside and outside the house, such as a foundation vent, a gas pipe, a dryer vent, or the edge of a basement window. These reference points simplify the transfer of measurements between interior and exterior walls. For this project, my reference point was an HVAC exhaust pipe.
When I’m planning the layout of new plumbing, I always try to use a single length of pipe to reach the house’s existing waterline. One length of pipe means less labor and less chance of future leaks. I also leave myself about 6 in. of extra pipe to be on the safe side; the excess…