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Thanks! I did not think about the "cupping" of...

Thanks! I did not think about the "cupping" of the 2x4s. Good point. I will check with my local lumber yard to see what they stock in terms of railing to see if I can just buy the lumber pre-beveled.
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Beveled or integral slope necessary for railings on covered porches

I'm planning to add a railing to my front porch. Since I live in the rainy Pacific Northwest, water is a concern. After doing some reading online, I understand that it's recommended to use beveled...
09-13-15, 09:40 PM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Ok. This is a one year old home, so I'd hope...

Ok. This is a one year old home, so I'd hope there's very little heat leaking out. Thanks for the advice! I'll just go with the 4" frost-free sillcock whenever I need to add a new one or replace an...
09-13-15, 06:30 PM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Thanks for the advice. We haven't had trouble...

Thanks for the advice. We haven't had trouble with it freezing, but since I am installing a new hose bib, I figured I would address potential issues with the existing hose bibs. It sounds like it may...
09-13-15, 02:59 PM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Frost-free hose bib with limited clearance

I'm looking into replacing some of the existing hose bibs with frost-free versions. However, they are located on exterior walls 1" above the first floor. That means that if I drill all the way...
09-09-15, 02:27 PM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Thanks for the reminder! I had not thought about...

Thanks for the reminder! I had not thought about freezing issues related to the timer/hose and will be sure to disconnect them in the winter. As for the hose bib and plumbing, all the plumbing is...
09-03-15, 09:47 AM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Agreed. Let's keep it simple. Thanks Beachboy for...

Agreed. Let's keep it simple. Thanks Beachboy for the great suggestion :)
09-01-15, 09:05 PM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Ok, it sounds like it's not worth the hassle to...

Ok, it sounds like it's not worth the hassle to install a central backflow preventer. I'll just go with a hose bib that has an anti-siphon valve. Does anyone have experience with the Arrow-Breaker...
08-30-15, 11:59 AM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Apparently they make hose bibs with an internal...

Apparently they make hose bibs with an internal vacuum breaker (https://www.plumbingsupply.com/hosebibb.html#sillfaucets, see "Sill Faucets with
Arrow-Breaker Internal Vacuum Breaker" section). I...
08-30-15, 10:59 AM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Sorry for the delayed response. I didn't even...

Sorry for the delayed response. I didn't even realize that there was a reply to this thread. Yes, the thing that broke was one that you screw into the end the hose bib (Amazon.com: Arrowhead PK1390...
08-11-15, 08:48 AM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Thanks again for all your great advice! I now...

Thanks again for all your great advice! I now know what I need to do to get this hose bib installed.
08-10-15, 04:10 PM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Central backflow preventer for exterior faucets

I recently had the backflow preventer on one of my faucets break because it was attached to a water timer. Apparently backflow preventers don't work well under constant pressure (i.e., the faucet was...
08-10-15, 04:03 PM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

I don't own any of the tools suggested as this is...

I don't own any of the tools suggested as this is the first time I've had to do any type of wall-cutting (e.g., grinder, Roto-zip or Fein Multi Master) but purchasing one is no problem. Which one is...
08-10-15, 03:59 PM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Thanks! I suspected that the mounting block isn't...

Thanks! I suspected that the mounting block isn't necessary but wouldn't mind matching the look of the other hose bibs if possible. Is there any advantage to using a mounting block (other than...
08-10-15, 03:37 PM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Thanks for the feedback. I assume that I need to...

Thanks for the feedback. I assume that I need to be very careful when cutting through the fiber cement siding to keep from damaging whatever is underneath the siding (i.e., a waterproof barrier). Or...
08-10-15, 12:28 PM
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Posted By PortlandDIY

Adding hose bib mounting block to existing fiber-cement siding

I recently purchased a home that uses fiber-cement siding (Hardie Plank, I think). I would like to add a new hose bib to the house. The other hose bibs are mounted on blocks (example in this picture,...
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