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How to Install and Exterior Faucet

January 13, 2015 | Blog

Dallas Plumbers • Faucet Installation

Plumbing pipes and wrenchOne exterior faucet can be a source of inconvenience when you have to drag a long hose around your lawn from the front to the back of your house. Watering your garden, lawn, or washing the car can be a hassle when you have 70 feet or more of hose you have to unravel and roll up again.

Installing an additional exterior faucet is a good way to avoid these kinds of problems.

The First Step – Location, Location, Location

While it may go without saying, the first think you need to do is decide where to install your additional exterior faucet. Here, you shouldn’t necessarily base your decision on what appears to be the most convenient place from the perspective of the outside your home.

You need to also consider your home’s plumbing: where is the nearest cold water line? Are there any external materials or internal issues that could complicate the placement of your new faucet?

If you don’t consider the layout of your home’s plumbing, you may need to add more piping. If possible, you should choose a place near a sink or heated area to prevent pipes freezing in colder weather. So, while you want to use a place that provides for easy access and use, you need to also consider whether or not the new location is an easy fit for your existing plumbing.

Installing the Faucet – Drilling the Hole

After you’ve selected a place for your new faucet, you’ll need to drill a hole at an angle that tilts downward to the outside at ¼ inch off of level. This makes it possible for water to drain out of the faucet when it’s turned off. You’ll also need to wrap the threads of the faucet tailpiece with plumber’s sealing tape. The female iron pipe will need to be attached to a copper sweat adapter and fastened securely. Silicon caulk should be used around the back of the faucet’s flange. You can then position the faucet into the hole in the wall with the spout pointing down.

Attaching the Faucet to Existing Plumbing

You’ll still need to attach the faucet to the existing plumbing in your home. To do this, you’ll turn off your water main and fit the tee to it. To ensure this is done properly, you’ll likely need to use soldering and a propane torch. Unless you are experienced in pipe cutting and fitting, you’ll probably want to call a plumber to avoid potential complications that could arise with leaks and water damage to your home.

Call Dallas Area Public Service Plumbers

For more than half a century, Public Service Plumbers has served individuals, families, and business throughout the Dallas metro area. Our bonded, insured, and certified plumbers can help you install an exterior faucet, connect one to your existing plumbing, or advise homeowners on how best to go about negotiating challenging plumbing problems.

To learn how we can help you, email or call Public Service Plumbers at (214) 753-4633 to talk to one of our experienced plumbers today.

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