Do It Yourself: Installing An Outdoor Faucets

An outside faucet in the right location can make working or cooking outdoors easier. Here are tips, instructions and list of materials and tools you will need to install one yourself.

Whether it is to wash your hands or rinse your mop, an outside faucet in the right location can sure make things easier. In the following article you will learn how to install an additional water faucet for your special needs. The first thing we have to do is to determine where you want to place the faucet. You should keep in mind it would be best to include a laundry tub "sink" to get the most out of your outside faucet. In this example we will assume you are going to include one. Therefore your location will need to have the room necessary. Place the sink in your desired location and install it according to manufacturer's suggestions. Examples would be if the sink is to be placed on a slab, attach it using anchoring screws, or to just level it on the ground with some bricks or stones. Next we will attach the faucet to the sink. The sink should have two holes in the top where the faucet is to be mounted. An outside faucet has no frills about it. It is a plain unit with a hot and cold shutoff valves. The faucet should have two threaded tubes on the bottom. In most faucet installations we would use some plumbers putty to place under the faucet, but with an outside faucet you can get by without it. Place the faucet on the sink. The threaded tubes should fit threw the holes in the sink. It should come with to big nuts that are used to attach it. Take the nuts one at a time, and from underneath, screw them onto the threads of the faucet. This should securely attach the faucet to the sink. The first steps are now finished.

Next we will need to locate a water supply. You should have a water spigot outside your house. We will use this as our water supply to our new faucet. You will need to shut off the main water valve to the house. If you do not know where you're shut off is you will need to locate it. Incidentally you should always know how to shut off the water to your home in the event of an emergency. If you are on city water, the meter will always have a shut off valve. If you are on a well, your pump should have a shut off valve also. If you intend to have hot water with your new faucet you will need to locate a hot water line as well. Now that you have turned the water off, we can proceed to the next step.

Most water spigots protrude through the exterior walls of a home. You will need to carefully unscrew the spigot using one or two pipe wrenches. First attach a wrench to the spigot itself and see if you can unscrew it. If you can great, if not, you will have to attach the other wrench to the pipe nipple that the actual spigot is screwed to. If you do not have enough room to get the wrench on the nipple you will need to chip away some concrete block or remove some wood. This would depend on the type of construction of your home. We will assume that the spigot came off without a hitch. The pipe nipple will either be made of copper, iron, or PVC. It does not matter which type of pipe you have, we will be converting it to PVC. Now you will need to apply some Teflon tape or pipe dope to the threads on the nipple. Your pipes size may vary but in most cases it will be one half inch diameter pipe. In this case we will assume it is one half inch diameter pipe, and all of our PVC fittings, and pipe that we use, will also be one half inch diameter. Now screw a threaded coupling onto the pipe nipple until it is securely attached. Next glue the pieces in order as follows. A two inch piece of pipe, a tee with one hole pointing down, another two inch piece of pipe, and a threaded male adaptor. Apply some Teflon tape or pipe dope to the threads of the male adaptor. Allow about fifteen minutes for the glue to dry then screw on the water spigot you removed earlier. You will need to install the rest of the PVC pipe from the tee until you reach your faucet using couplings and lengths of pipe that are determined in relation to the distance your faucet is from the actual spigot. Once you reach your faucets location you will need to secure your pipe to the wall behind your sink using straps. The last fitting you will glue onto this pipe will be a threaded male adaptor. Now apply some Teflon tape or pipe dope and screw on a shut off valve. Once this is done, you will need a supply line that you will screw onto the shutoff valve at one end, and to the threaded tube of the faucet at the other end. This completes your installation. Now you will need to turn on the water and check for leaks. Hopefully you don't have any, but if you do, you will need to locate and fix it using the appropriate method mentioned above. Should you want hot water, you will need to tap into a hot water line and follow the same methods described above.

The supplies you will need can be found at your local home improvement store. A few tips to consider. First, when gluing PVC piping and fittings they should be cleaned and primed using the proper cleaner. You can purchase this when you get the glue; they usually sit next to each other on the shelf. Second, you might consider placing your pipe in a trench so it can be covered after completion. This would have to be determined by you and your installation situation. Third, the tools you will need are most likely going to be a hacksaw or PVC cutters to cut the pipe, a hammer and chisel if concrete is to be removed, one or two pipe wrenches, a pair of pliers all of which can also be purchased. Fourth, some of the supplies you will need are glue and cleaner, couplings, male adaptors, threaded female couplings, sticks of pipe, Teflon tape or pipe dope, shut off valve, and supply lines.

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