Most houses do not have a lot of garden plumbing. At maximum, a house may have one faucet on the exterior of the house that is centrally located. Although this is not an issue for a house that is located in a climate that is cold for most of the year, for a house that is located in a warmer climate, this can create a major problem. When a homeowner is ready to water their garden, they will either have to struggle with long garden hoses or leaky diverts. Fortunately, this issue can be rectified quickly by installing a garden faucet.
Choose A Location
One of the first things that you will need to do is choose a location for your garden faucet. The faucet should be located in an area that will be convenient for your outdoor gardening needs. You will need to examine the plumbing of your house to find out where the cold water line is located near the location.
The location that you choose should not be set in stone. Be ready to compromise so you will enough room for the plumbing work. Choosing a water line near a sink or in the basement will be ideal, especially if the basement is heated.
Drill Into Exterior Wall
You will then need to drill into the wall of the exterior by using a spade bit. This bit should be a little larger than the diameter of the tailpiece for the faucet. A masonry bit should be used if the exterior wall is made from materials such as brick, concrete, cinder block or stucco.
Add Sealing Tape
Next, add at least three layers of sealing tape around the tailpiece threads. The female iron pipe should be threaded to the copper sweat adapter. The faucet should be turned turn an additional one and a half turns past the hand tight.
Apply a small amount of silicon caulk to the back of the flange. Then you can slip the faucet into the hole that is in the wall. Make sure that the spout is turned down. A shim can also be used in order to ensure an even mounting surface. The valve stem should be removed before soldering so you will not damage the seals.
Turn Off Water
Be sure that the water is not turned on while installing the faucet. A bucket can be placed under the pipes to catch any leaking water. The pipe should be cut at the marks with a tubing cutter. The pipe should be test fitted to make sure the assembly process is smooth.
Light The Torch
One of the last steps will be to light the propane torch. The heat should be applied and each connection should be soldered. The joints can be wiped with a damp cloth to remove any excess solder.
Having adequate garden faucet plumbing is necessary in order to make your landscape watering needs easier. Consider hiring a professional plumber to complete the job if necessary.