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Outside Faucet Preventive Maintenance Tips

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 4:26pm

At your home you may have one or two outside faucets for a hose or for convenience. Replacing such a faucet is easy, says your local San Diego plumber, Mr Rooter. Turn off the water supply to the faucet and then rotate the faucet handle counterclockwise to let all the water drain out.

Mr. Rooter Tip of the Week

Tip #1 You will need to wrenches. Fasten one wrench to the pipe from which the old faucet is to be removed. The purpose here is to keep the pipe from turning as you rotate the faucet.

Tip #2 Using another wrench, turn the entire faucet counterclockwise. Keep turning until the faucet comes off.

Tip #3 Coat the pipe threads with pipe joint compound and put on the new faucet. Make sure the beginning threads engage smoothly and easily. They must engage properly or you will cross thread the faucet and pipe.

Tip #4 After you have made several clockwise turns of the new faucet by hand, use your wrench to make it completely tight.

Tip #5 Turn on the water supply and not if any water leaks from the region between the pipe and the faucet. If it does, turn off the water supply, remove the faucet, and wrap the pipe threads with some lightweight string. Add more pipe joint compound and then replace the faucet.

PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS: Make sure to put the faucet on as tightly as you can. Turn on the water supply, and then test the faucet by rotating its handle clockwise.

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