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Old 07-10-2014, 08:47 PM   #1
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Hello,

I have two hose spigots on my house and I want to branch-off additional hose spigots in the backyard from these. I wanted to know the best and cleanest method for accomplishing this. I would like to have a valve inside and outside and also a place where I can attach a compressor to blow-out the line in the winter. Any thoughts on what I should do here?

Also, should I be using PEX as the underground pipe? I'm in the NE. Thank you in advance.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:53 PM   #2
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The best way to have a hose spigot in another place is to run the plumbing on the interior of the home to that place and have a frostfree sillcock.

Another way to do it, if you want the water out in the yard somewhere, or in an outbuilding, is to install a frostfree hydrant.

Otherwise, if you just want to rig something up, you can run a garden hose on the ground or install some of that black plastic line just below the surface and blow it out when it gets cold.

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I'm really looking for a permanent solution and would prefer not bury a garden hose. I would also like to avoid drilling another hole through the brick facade, but if that's the only way to do this properly, I would do it.

Would the frostfree sillcock replace the spigot that's there? Thank you
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the spigot in pic looks like a frost free
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what i did for my grandma is i put a y at spigot then put a hose timer from there i ran a 6 foot hose to an adapter that connected to a sprinkler line pipe that was buried in the ground box and then ran to 4 different flower gardens that had misters in them. then in the winter i just blew out the line through the 6 foot hose in the fall with an air compressor and put the hose in the ground box till the next year.
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I suggest that you drill through the foundation,below ground---run a separate line for the hard hydrants or bibs---have that line on its own shut off--with a fitting for draining it and attaching the air line.

PEX may not be UV protected--so do not build your system with the PEX exposed to the sun---We can't use PEX where I live---so a member with PEX knowledge will clear up the UV requirements---
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Are you going to install yard hydrants out in the yard?

http://www.zoro.com/g/00096969/k-G27...FQEHaQodPyIAVQ

A link in case you do not know what they are.

Make sure you also install a back flow device prior to exiting the house.

If so leave a message .

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A lot of parks in my area have yard hydrants. Of course they were probably designed for livestock farmers.

They are great to run to outbuildings. From them, you can connect whatever plumbing you want, then just turn off the hydrant in the winter. You'll still have to flush the above grade plumbing, but no worry about the hydrant.
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I was planning to install simple hose spigots attached to metal hose reels mounted on 4x4s in 2 or 3 places around the backyard. After looking at the link you provided I would probably use the hydrant instead. Thanks for the suggestion.

My real concern was getting water out of the house. I know a few people have suggested drilling through the foundation or brick but I really prefer to avoid that unless it's the best alternative. I would blow out any lines with a compressor prior to winter. The PEX pipe would be buried and any above ground piping would likely be PVC.
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You won't be going through any brick with the water line if you use a hydrant. You'll want to leave the house (well) below the frost line. You can use K copper or the black plastic.

What is your foundation? It isn't difficult to blow through a core on a concrete block wall. In fact, it takes just two pushes with a bar.

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