Originally Posted by kooshball
I have noticed a big difference between my front hose bib and my back regarding flow rate. The only thing that I can see is different is that the front hose bib is fed by a 1/2" line about 3' long before it taps into the 3/4" where the rear has about 10' of 1/2" line then taping into the 3/4" main. I would like to replace these hose bibs with ones that have a 3/4" feed and increase the 1/2" lines to 3/4" as well.
-I live in central NC, do I need the freeze-proof hose bibs according to code?
-is a ball valve a good choice for max flow or will the water trapped in the valve when closed freeze and burst the fitting?
-is there such a thing as a "high-flow" hose bib?
I put a main cutoff in my garage for all the outdoor faucets. I also installed a backflow preventer in the garage.. Don't know if this is code or not, but that way I can turn off all the hose bibs and sprinklers every winter. I just put in basic hose bibs, not the frost free ones or anything. I guess the risk is that you forget to turn off the outdoor water one year..