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Old 10-29-2008, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Cary - A great town for me
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What is normally done here to prevent an outside faucet from freezing. Back home (MA) we would have a shutoff inside the house and then would drain the outside faucet. I don't see that option here. Is it not a concern?
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:09 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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just put a little bucket on it and you will be fine
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Five Points
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let it drip during deep freezes and otherwise do nothing. I do have shutoffs in our basement for our outside spickets. Maybe Joe the Plumber can help us. BTW- I know two plumbers that make close to 200k annually each. Many plumbers make more than their family doctor.
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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The only thing you need to do to the outside spigots is disconnect the hose from them. I highly doubt you have a spigot that isn't freeze-proof. The stem of the spigot actually goes through the wall and closes the valve which shuts the water off on the inside of the wall.

Here's an example:

The handle turns the stem. Notice on the end of the stem is the bibb washer. The bibb washer contacts the faucet seat which shuts off the water. Now notice it's relation to the wall mount flange.

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Old 10-29-2008, 09:34 PM
 
Location: North Raleigh
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The only thing you need to do to the outside spigots is disconnect the hose from them. I highly doubt you have a spigot that isn't freeze-proof. The stem of the spigot actually goes through the wall and closes the valve which shuts the water off on the inside of the wall.

Here's an example:

The handle turns the stem. Notice on the end of the stem is the bibb washer. The bibb washer contacts the faucet seat which shuts off the water. Now notice it's relation to the wall mount flange.
Ditto what he said, don't worry about draining, just disconnect the hose. Even though the faucets are "freeze-less" leaving the hose connected will cause them to burst.
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Five Points
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i took it for granted to mention the hose. I learned the hard way years ago as a new homeowner to unscrew the sprinkler hose.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:00 PM
 
Location: NC
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you should have a shut-off valve inside the house, near the main water shut-off. I disconnect the hoses, put them in the garage and shut-off the water to the outside for the winter.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Cary - A great town for me
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The only thing you need to do to the outside spigots is disconnect the hose from them. I highly doubt you have a spigot that isn't freeze-proof. The stem of the spigot actually goes through the wall and closes the valve which shuts the water off on the inside of the wall.

Here's an example:

The handle turns the stem. Notice on the end of the stem is the bibb washer. The bibb washer contacts the faucet seat which shuts off the water. Now notice it's relation to the wall mount flange.

Hey, thanks for the diagram. How will I be able to ensure that is the type I will have?
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Old 10-30-2008, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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Hey, thanks for the diagram. How will I be able to ensure that is the type I will have?
What is the age of your house? If it is newer than 20 years, you almost assuredly have anti-freeze and anti-siphon valves built in.
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Old 10-30-2008, 06:34 PM
 
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The only thing you need to do to the outside spigots is disconnect the hose from them. I highly doubt you have a spigot that isn't freeze-proof. The stem of the spigot actually goes through the wall and closes the valve which shuts the water off on the inside of the wall.

Here's an example:

The handle turns the stem. Notice on the end of the stem is the bibb washer. The bibb washer contacts the faucet seat which shuts off the water. Now notice it's relation to the wall mount flange.
That is why when you turn your handle it takes a bit of time for the water to begin to flow. depending on the length of the stem.
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