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white29 04-28-2008 01:32 PM

Frost free sillcock
Howdy.I'm going to replace a regular hose bib with a frost free sillcock. Should I keep a slight pitch on this for drainage purposes or is it not necessary? I dont have the sillcock with me but I believe that it is 12". Thanks in advance.

Mike Swearingen 04-28-2008 02:39 PM

I just bolt them flush to the outside wall. They drain just fine through the hole in the bottom of the outside end of the "frost free" barrel.

Termite 04-28-2008 04:16 PM

Pitch certainly isn't necessary, but it won't hurt anything either. If the back end of it were pitched downward it wouldn't drain. As Mike said, as long as it is reasonably level you're good to go.

white29 04-29-2008 06:16 PM

Ok,thanks guys.I was hoping for that response,it'll a lot simpler.

troubleseeker 04-29-2008 09:47 PM

Will drain fine on the level, as others said.
Being a cold weather Yankee, I'm sure you already know that it cannot drain properly with anything left connected to it. I mention that as an amusing point. Being in the deep Gulf Coast region, we get very few freezes that are threats for pipes, but when we do, there is always a call for a plumber's number from a HO who reports that their frost proof faucet has frozen and split. And they all have the same thing in common when we look at it before calling our plumber... there is the neatly coiled hose still attached to it.

white29 04-29-2008 10:38 PM

Gotcha troubleseeker!:thumbsup: Not so amusing when I forget to blow out the hose on the rare ocassion it's used during our cold yankee winters!

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