Outdoor faucets are best for making work around your homestead easy and enjoyable. Do-it-yourself faucets are not complicated. Making the spigot, you will only need pipes, a curb key, plumbing tape, which you may find in your homestead. DIY Outdoor Faucet can be placed anywhere you want in your homestead. The steps of making are simple and can be understood easily. When you get used to DIY, you can save a lot when making and repairing your faucet.
Materials Required to Make a DIY Outdoor Faucet
Tools used for replacing an old or broken spigot include the following,
- Two wrenches of pipe will hold the water pipe, and the other will help you remove the outdoor faucet from the water pipe.
- Plumbing tape or Teflon tape – For sealing the threads in the water pipes.
- Curb key – This is for opening and closing the meter of the water.
- New spigot – For replacing the old faucet.
- Small brush made of steel or an old toothbrush – For cleaning rust or debris in the spigot and the pipe.
- Spray lubricant (optional) –For loosening rusty and tight threads.
Steps of Replacing an Exterior Faucet
The steps of replacing the ‘’Do it yourself’’ spigot are very simple and easy to understand and grasp. There are no professional tools or skills needed to do the replacement. The best about the DIY faucets is that the replacement takes the shortest time possible. Below are some of the best steps used while replacing the DIY exterior spigot.
Turn off the supply of water via the valve or on a water meter
Trace the location of the valve which connects the faucet to the major water supply and then turn it off. Turn off the water directly from the meter using a curb key in case the spigot is not connected to any valve around. Normally, the meter of your water is placed in a case that is enclosed in the crawlspace or the basement.
Drain off the water remaining by opening the faucet
Water usually remains in pipes even after closing the main supply of water. You turn on the faucet to drain any water remaining in your pipes. In addition to that, the step will as well aid in releasing any pressure remaining in the pipes making it safer for working out on it.
Remove the old fixture using the pipe wrenches
Hold your water pipe using one wrench while attaching the other wrench at your spigot’s base using the dominant hand. Using the right hand, gently loosen the faucet in an anticlockwise direction. After it has become loose enough, remove the faucet using your hand.
Clean the end of the pipe and threads
Brush off all the debris accumulated between the pipe’s tip and the thread. Old houses that have a plumbing system that is outdated usually won’t budge because they are rusted. Adding too much force won’t be the best way to go because you might break the parts. You may use a spraying lubricant such asWD-40 or any oil that penetrates for dissolving the corrosion and loosening the threads of rusted and corroded exterior faucets.
Wrap the faucet’s threads using three layers of a Teflon tape
Teflon tapes are usually for holding together the exterior faucet and the pipes. This will help in preventing the sipping of water via the threads. Ensure that you cover the faucet thread using the Teflon tape or the plumbing tape.
Connect new exterior faucet to the pipe
Use your hand’s place and then rotate your new exterior faucet. Place the wrench on a pipe and another one at the base outdoor and tighten it gently. Ensure that the faucet is twisted properly so that the threads don’t get stuck and cause leakages.
Open the water supply and check for leaks
To test the work that you have done, open the water supply and see if there are any leakages. If there are drips of water from the tap, turn off the main supply of water and then reinstall your new exterior faucet. If there are no leakages add the faucet replacement to your DIY skills. In addition to that, will have saved several backs by doing it on your own without the aid of professionals.
Install the Insulation of the Outer Faucet
This will help in preventing the pipework and its surrounding from frosting. You may get covers that are made for preventing the faucet and the pipes from freezing in most DIY stores. Such faucet covers are of affordable prices. The covers are pocket-friendly and they usually offer total protection. In addition to that, when the exterior spigot is damaged, it may not be seen until spring season when water runs through the taps. So, it is important to check if there are any leaks.
On the contrary, you can purchase insulated faucet covers which will help in preventing any remaining water in the spigot from freezing. For total protection, you can use insulated pipework tubing.
Outdoor Faucet Extension
The idea is very simple, all you need to do is transform an empty bottle of lotions into a spigot extender. Remove the top of the bottle by cutting it off. Then cut off the other portion for attaching it to your faucet. Make your faucet belong to the length that you want depending on the measurement of your sink and the design of your faucet.
The plastic bottle is another best option for faucet extension. The procedure is still the same as that of the lotion bottle. Still, with the plastic bottle, you can make shorter or longer extensions depending on the size of your sink. You can make an X cut at the bottom for the faucet attachment. There is no modification needed unless you wish to have a specially customized accessory.
The Bottom Line
Outdoor faucets are very simple to do on your own. No special tools or skills are needed. You need pipe plumbing tape, among others. You can also remember to use protective garments like gloves to prevent hurting yourself
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