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Old 05-15-2011, 05:09 PM   #1
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Installing a new hose bib on the house


I have a hose bib already but it's at an odd area. I will keep that one as it may still be handy, but I want to add another one. I bought one and it is a threaded fitting on the end. Is this a standard? How does this work, is there a special fitting I would put on the end of the pipe and I just screw it in with Teflon tape?

I think I will also bite the bullet and buy the proper pex crimper instead of using shark bites.

Also, any specific things I need to know when installing one of these? I'm guessing I should have it facing slightly downwards so water does not sit in it, and I just use hydrolic cement to fill the hole around it once it's done and a beed of caulk around just for looks (I noticed this stuff cracks in winter, so can't depend on it for a water seal). Sounds about right? This one also has a backflow preventer already.

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You'll need a fitting to go from the male pipe thread (will either be 1/2 or 3/4) to pex crimp or whatever pipe you use. I use copper in my house, so if I was doing this project I would likely sweat on a threaded adapter onto the pipe and screw it together. On most of these faucets I've noticed that you can actually sweat a copper pipe directly in, but that sounds like it might cause headaches in the future should one have to replace the faucet (a relative wants me to replace one of these and the basement plumbing for it is in a tight area...) Threaded fittings I use pipe dope (Rectorseal) but you can also use teflon tape. One the faucet is in the hole and mounted you can give it a bead of silicone caulk. I wouldn't "cement" it in place. Many even have a gasket.


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There's no gasket but I did notice there are slots for screws but it did not come with any screws, am I expected to screw it into the house, or is that optional? It's brick, so to me it seems pointless to screw it in, tapcons are ok for sideways strength but not pull out strength so they would not do much.
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You'll want to anchor it somehow. Use spray foam the bib if you can't use screws.
Also, make sure the length of the faucet is correct. The actual shut off is located deep inside the faucet. When you shut it off the excess water drains out. Be sure its as long as your wall is thick so the shut off part is in heated space. (i'm assuming its a frost proof bib)
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"Red Squirrel", actually you did not state how you will be tapping into your existing plumbing and bringing you new line to your new faucet's location. There are so many ways to do this. Once this is determined, then you can figure out which fitting(s) to use to mount your new faucet.
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I will probably just use a pex T fitting and tap into existing pex.
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On similar subject, what is the best way to fasten a hose roller thingy (no idea what the proper term is LOL) to the house? Could I use some of these or are those specifically for concrete?

I may also just get one that goes on the ground, might be easier.
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Ok I have a pretty serious issue. I'm just glad I added a shut off upstream of this because its off now. The threaded portion is leaking, but since I used a crimp connector I can't turn it anymore so I can apply more teflon or do any kind of troubleshooting. What is the best course of action here? My car has a gas leak in the gas line and I'm hoping to avoid another trip to the hardware store, otherwise I'd just cut the end off and go buy a new fitting and then recrimp. I have a heat gun, can I like, melt the teflon into place or something so it seals better? Since it's a very small leak, could I get away with caulk?

edit: I bit the bullet and went anyway, bought a new fitting (should have both more than one...) and I"m at it again. This time I'm trying with pipe dope. Do I need to wait for it to dry or anything or is that something that just stays moist, like oil? The bottle says nothing about dry/cure time.

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I cut the fitting off, added a new fitting, used teflon dope instead of tape, used lot more force to tighten it, and so far so good. I turned the hose on and off fast to do a brute test, and so far no leak, though with the pipe dope it may take a while for it to show up if there is one, so I will know for sure tomorrow when I go check.

So think I'm good to go!
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I use teflon tape with pipe dope on top of it...some guys do it in the reverse order. So, no need to choose between them...use both.

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