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Old 06-18-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
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Frost Free Spigot To Galv Pipe?


I installed a frost free half turn garden spigot in my back yard and it been working great and my wife really likes it. She asked me about installing one in our front yard as well. But I have a bit of an issue. My house was built int eh 1940s but was remodeled in the early 1990s, and at that point all the pipes were upgraded to with the exception of this one spigot. Here is a picture of what I currently have.



I brought it up to a retired plumber that I know and he recomended that I remove all the galvanized pipe from the old water shut off valve forward, including the valve. Then put a dielectirc union in place of the old shutoff valve and run new copper lines as required. It seems like a good idea, but also seems like alot of work.

What would you guys recommend doing to install a typical frost free half turn garden spigot? Obviously an off the shelf item will not work in my case.
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I agree with your plumber. Not that much work with push on sharkbyte fittings, new frost free hose bib, and some pex or copper piping. Just a suggestion.

Others will be along with more advice/suggestions.
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yep remove all galvanized pipe....repiping will be eaiser...
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I have worked with pretty much all current types of plumbing and never had an issue but never have I touched anything galvanized before.

That being said how much of a DIY friendly project would this be for someone who has never touched galvanized before? I am just worried I start taking it apart and then the galvanized pipe brakes or something from being old and rusted out on the inside. I currently have no reason to belie my pipes have issues as my water pressure is amazing but they are the original pipes from the 1940s..

If I was single I would just hack into it and would care less, but with a family that depends on water I cant do that without knowing I can get it back together in the same day haha.
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I have worked with pretty much all current types of plumbing and never had an issue but never have I touched anything galvanized before.

That being said how much of a DIY friendly project would this be for someone who has never touched galvanized before? I am just worried I start taking it apart and then the galvanized pipe brakes or something from being old and rusted out on the inside. I currently have no reason to belie my pipes have issues as my water pressure is amazing but they are the original pipes from the 1940s..

If I was single I would just hack into it and would care less, but with a family that depends on water I cant do that without knowing I can get it back together in the same day haha.
Cb you make a good point. I would just leave it alone for now. There's nothing wrong with it, other than it's not new like the other one. When it starts to leak or becomes a problem, deal with it then. Just a suggestion.

A pro would just turn off the water, start at that union, disassemble it, and repipe everything and be done in an hour or so. Of course he would have all the right tools, parts, skills and knowledge to do the job.

I agree with you, working with galvanize can be a pita for a diyer without the proper skills and tools.
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