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Currently, I have only one water spigit, which is located on the back of the house. I'm at the point where I hate dragging the hose all the way around the house. I would like to add a spigit to the front side of my home. Is this a project for a diy'fer, or is this a job for a professional plumber? House is on a slab (no basement). Any advice?
 

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diy job ?? Sure.. Locate your water lines, cut, install T, add ball valve run line for spigot, install spigot, solder & your done
 

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Ok, sounds like you have done this before. I located the lines, but the rest is where the problem starts. The line I found is in my utility room, and from there i'm not sure where they go. I understand having a basement would make this job 10 times easier.
 

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Being a DIY project is hard to say since we are not there to see what, exactly, you have. I have a brick home with a crawl space. My outside faucets "could" have been run from the water lines under the house and through the walls. They were not. All three of my silcocks are run from above floor level and from 1/2" water supply lines from various sinks. If you have a water line under a sink, on the side of the house you want to add the faucet to, you could so the same thing. My water supply lines are coming up through the floor, and not hidden in walls. This can make a big difference when trying to tie into the lines. I think you may need to get a Plumber out, even if it is only to find what your options are.
 

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Yeah, a slab makes it harder

Easiest method is to add a 2nd shut-off & go straight outside from the location oif the pipes

Is your utility room at the back of the house?
Is there a garage on one side, any water lines near that?
 

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It's not a DIY job. Get a plumber. you need to find the closest cold water line to the location you want the new hose bibb and figure out how to get from that pipe to the new hose bibb.


I respectfully dissagree,, There are alot of jobs that are DIY.. It depends entirely on the persons skills. Given a little knowledge some people can DIY & some can't.. Just depends on the skill of the DIY'ER
 

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Ok, sounds like you have done this before. I located the lines, but the rest is where the problem starts. The line I found is in my utility room, and from there i'm not sure where they go. I understand having a basement would make this job 10 times easier.

While I have no idea where your utility room is in conjunction to where you want to locate the spigot. You can tap into the line there, Drill a hole in outside wall & run the line under ground to where you want to locate the spigot. Just depends on how much work you are willing or cromfortable / doing
 

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It might be easier to find your water main outside of your house and cut in a tee there and run your half inch line to where you want it, 90 up, insulate the line and anchor to your house, not the most professional way of doing it but alot easier and less headaches, but it all depends on where you leave, the colder it is the deeper the main is going to be in the dirt.
 

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Sometimes one of the hardest parts of any project is deciding how to go about it. On a slab house it may be easiest to run the lines underground to the location were you want it located. The other option that was already stated was tapping into a fixture if you have one located on the wall were you want the spigot located. The problem with this is the smaller line that is usually run to an individual fixture 1/2" verse 3/4".

If you are comfortable cutting into your water line I say give it a try. What is the worst that can happen (you have to call a plumber to fix your mistake and you are without water for a little while). You may want to consider PEX as it is very DIY friendly.

edit; if you live in a cold climate you will have to make provisions to blow the line out for the winter, if you bury it outside.
 

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A variation of the outside line,,,is to install a hydrant looking thing someplace like behind a bush,,if your view picky. THAT shuts off 4-5-6 feet in the ground and drains back,therefore not freezing,generally ,,,if you remember to remove the hose and NOT use much during winter time. They would NOT work here since the water line comes inside the house and THEN the water meter,,hence the water supplier isnt going to allow an unmetered tap in beforehand!!

Otherwise the key ingredient is to have a bath,kitch,laundry area someplace you can live with as an outside location,,,ANY place you have water in the inside,you can run to the outside!!

unless you live in such a warm climate you can use your attic space as a run way!!
 
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