How to Install an Outdoor Faucet
An outdoor faucet can be useful for gardening purposes, cleaning or outside cooking. Since horticulture and garden parties are becoming more and more popular, the need of an outside faucet is almost indispensable. Installing the faucet is not a cumbersome job. You can easily do it yourself provided you have the right tools and equipment. Follow the simple steps described below.
Step 1 – Determining the Location
Before starting with the installation, decide the purpose for which the faucet will be used. Once that is determined, you can pick the best location for its installation. Keep in mind that your location needs appropriate clearance and should preferably be near a water source.
Step 2 – Placing the Sink and Faucet
Now fix the sink in the desired location along with the faucet. Place the faucet above the two holes of the sink. All you need is a hot and cold valve and two tubes. After fixing the faucet in its place, pass the threaded tubes through the two holes of the sink below it. Screw the nuts onto the faucet threads. This ensures that the faucet is attached securely to the sink.
Step 3 – Locate the Water Source
In most houses, a water source is found outside the house. You will connect your faucet pipes with this source. If you wish to have hot water in addition to cold water, locate a hot water supply. It is advisable that you shut the main valve of the water supply to the house. If the water supply is coming from the city water supply, the valve near the meter will have to be shut off. If, however, it comes from the well, the valve near the pump should be shut off.
Step 4 – Adjusting the Spigot
If the spigot is protruding more than normal from the outside wall, use wrenches to unscrew at least two pipes, cut them shorter using the pipe cutter so they protrude less. Use Teflon tape on the threads of the pipe. Also, make sure the diameters of the pipes match. After you have taped the threaded nipples of the pipes, screw the pipes with the help of an adjustable wrench. Cut the pipes using the cutter in such a way that a “T” fitting may be installed. Place a bucket under it so that any water in the pipes may be empties into it. Now join the pipes together but do not solder them. This is to check their measurements and to ensure they fit perfectly.
Step 5 – Attaching a Shut-off Valve and Pipe
Attach a shut-off valve next to the T- fitting. Measure the length of pipe needed from the shut-off valve to the faucet. Cut the pipe and fix it with the shut-off valve at one end and faucet on the other end.
Step 6 – Soldering the Pipe
After ensuring that the pipes have fitted well together, solder them together. Use an aluminum sheet to protect the surrounding area from burning. Also attach a caulk to the faucet to make it air tight. Once the above mentioned steps have been completed and the soldered pipes have cooled down completely, turn the water supply back on and check the faucet.