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Old 07-24-2015, 10:24 AM   #1
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Frost Free Hose Bib Length?


I am going to replace my hose bibs this weekend with frost free ones, and my local store has 6", 9" and 12" lengths. And with the longer length comes additional cost.

That being said, I need to modify my piping for this to work so with the configuration I have I could fit any of the lengths.

Would I benefit at all to go with the more expensive 12" length vs the cheaper 6" length?

My theory is that the 12" length would provide better frost protection due to the water being further away from the cold outside air. But maybe this is not the case at all and they all work about the same??

Thanks for your input guys!
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The length depends on the clearance area in the basement as well as the wall thickness. You want enough room to make the connections,preferably in an open joist bay.
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They are made in different lengths to accommodate the different thicknesses of the wall/foundation they are going through. They all achieve the same goal. Imo.
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Make sure you pitch it towards the outside so it is self draining when you install it.
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My spigot goes though my rim joist and the pipes extend about 10' back though the joist bay, so I have plenty of room, but my current spigots are just standard bibs so I will have to cut the pipes and add the new fittings which is not a problem.
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we figure wall thickness + 2 inches on frost free hose bibbs never had a problem..and as ghost said pitch forward for draining..
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