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Pull off the faucet spout sleeve and wipe down the o-rings and the faucet body. If the o-rings have been leaking, they need to be replaced.
Slide the faucet spout sleeve off. It will pull straight up. Examine the body on the faucet where the sleeve sat. If the faucet sleeve leaked, the o-rings need to be replaced. These are available at hardware stores.
The blow-out system
If you live in a freeze zone, you’ll have to blow out the system before the first hard freeze. It’s easy to do with a home air compressor, but you’ll have to install the components now (instead of during a snowstorm).
At the house, splice in a tee and a threaded female 3/4-in. adapter, and cap it with a plug. That’s where you’ll connect your compressed airline.
At the garden, install a blow-out valve (a ball valve is best) below grade in a gravel pit. Use a sprinkler system valve box to cover it. Before the first freeze, close the shutoff valve and unscrew the plug. Next, screw in a standard air hose fitting and a reducer and connect your air hose. Out at the faucet, open both the faucet and the blow-out valve and let the water drain. Then, close just the faucet and blow out any remaining water with your compressor. Finally, close the blow-out valve and replug the blow-out fitting back at the house.
What to know before installing a faucet coverknelson20/Shutterstock
Contrary to the uninformed popular opinion, covering your outdoor faucet with a faucet cover is not enough to winterize your home. There are a couple of additional steps to take to winterize your home, even before you install a faucet cover.
One of these winterizing steps is to make sure the wall hydrants are frost-proof. The first step, according to The Spruce, is to disconnect all your hoses, especially the ones leading to a garden. Then inspect the faucets for leaks and repair any. If you cannot repair the leaks, simply replace the entire wall hydrant to reduce your chances of experiencing freezing pipes. The next step is to drain all the water from your pipes. Love to Know explains three easy steps to drain your pipes effectively. First, shut off the water supply. Then drain the pipes and apply pressure to force out all the extra water.
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Another DIY faucet cover is to use plastic cups. You will need about three or four plastic cups for this DIY project. Stack the cups inside each other and, using your scissors, cut off the top, rolled-up part of the top two cups. This is essential because it makes all three cups the same height, explains Hunker. Next, cut off some duct tape, about enough to tape the cups to the faucet.
Afterward, get your bottle and cut off the bottom half. Carefully lay some insulation in the bottom of the bottle before attaching it to your stacked cups. This will provide some extra protection for your faucet. Keep in mind that you can always use some socks or heavily threaded cotton cloth for insulation, says Greed Head. This is especially helpful if you can’t find fiberglass insulation or if this is an urgent DIY project. The last step is to tape the entire faucet cover over your faucet.
Install new faucet
To install the new faucet, first place the gasket over the holes in the sink and put on the deck plate. If you’re planning to use caulk or putty, make sure to first refer to the instruction manual of the faucet. Next, slide the faucet lines into the holes and reinstall the nuts and washers under the sink just as you had removed them. Tighten the mounting nut and brackets until they are secure.
Turn off water supply
Before you can start work on the faucet, you need to turn off the hot and cold water supply to the sink, which can be done by reaching underneath the sink and turning the valves clockwise. If there are no stop valves, you need to shut off the water to the entire house. The valves can sometimes be hard to turn if they haven’t been used in a while, and in that case, try using a pair of pliers or a rag for a firmer grip. Make sure to relieve pressure in the lines by opening the faucet handles.
Next, disconnect the water supply to the faucet by removing the nuts that connect the supply line, using an adjustable wrench.
Installing The Pipe and Faucet
If dragging hoses around is a constant activity in your yard, install a remote faucet and eliminate that hassle forever. The job will take you a day or two (depending on how much trenching is required) and cost less than $100. Everything you’ll need is available at home centers.
Digging the trench:
Call 811 a few days before you dig so the utility companies can locate buried pipes and cables in your yard. You only have to bury the water line about 6 in. deep. If you’re trenching in hard clay or rocky soil, that’s about as deep as you’ll want to go. If you’re working in soft soil, it’s smart to go at least 12 in. deep to reduce the risk of future damage. At any depth, you can easily protect the water line from shovel attacks: Cover the tubing with a couple of inches of soil, then pour in about 2 in. of the dry concrete mix before backfilling the trench. Soil moisture will harden the concrete.
Once you’re done with this project, check out how to make your backyard the ultimate outdoor space.
In with the new
There are a variety of configurations for faucets. Between the number of handles, spray nozzle types and even spacing of required holes, there are a lot of ways to customize. Before you buy a new faucet, consider your arrangement, specifically the current number and location of holes in your counter or sink. Sinks and countertops can be modified accordingly, but you’ll need to do a little research prior to purchasing your new faucet.
Start by putting the bracket that fits between the counter/sink and faucet in place. These will often have a foam underlay that will form a seal to help prevent water from seeping underneath the faucet assembly. Some faucets may differ, but the faucet I installed required minimal assembly prior to installation.
Run the supply lines of the faucet assembly, followed by the threaded rods of the faucet, through the holes in your countertop or sink. Working underneath in the most comfortable position you can find (good luck), tighten the retaining nut with a wrench.
If no socket wrench was provided with the faucet, and the space is tight enough to require a basin wrench, be extra-careful not to damage the faucet’s water supply lines. It depends on the configuration of your particular faucet, but if the water lines are in the way of the retaining nut It could be beneficial to wrap them with nylon tape or some other protective material before doing this. Damaging water lines could cause a leak, and all of the mayhem that comes with that. You don’t want that.
Finish with a flush
It’s a good idea at this point to flush out your lines to get rid of any debris you may have loosened up in your water lines. To do so, remove the aerator from the faucet tip and let the water run for about a minute. Sometimes a tool is supplied with the faucet to make removing the aerator easier. If you can’t remove the aerator, remove the entire nozzle head and let the water run for a bit.
And that’s it — you can scratch that fancy new faucet installation off of your to-do list and move on to something else. I might recommend a nice glass of water and a nap, assuming the kids cooperate.
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