Your outdoor faucet is prone to deterioration more than your indoor faucets. It is because of the fact that outdoor taps are exposed to weather and climate changes such as water freezing and snowing during cold winter months. Because of this exposure to elements that speed up wear and tear, you’ll notice that your outdoor spout eventually leaks, gets loose threads or freezes therefore requiring immediate replacement. And with that being said, we want to share this quick and easy-to-follow DIY guide with you.
Old Faucet Removal
1. Before you do anything on your faucet, make sure to turn the water supply off first. Once you’ve done that, open the tap to drain any excess water left in the system.
2. Get your reliable wrench and unscrew the outdoor faucet. You should remember to hold the water supply pipe with one of your hands while holding the wrench with the other. Also note that the tap should be turned in a counterclockwise direction. If it won’t budge, utilize a steel pipe that measures about an inch to draw out the handles of your wrench, thus giving it more leverage.
3. If your faucet is soldered, you can simply cut if off with the help of a pipe cutter. Cut the pipe close to the faucet if you’re going to replace it with the same kind of spout. Doing so will prevent you from adding another pipe.
4. You may also detach the faucet using a MAPP torch — that is if it’s soldered. Hold it with your pliers as you are heating the joint. Pull on the tap hard and wait until the solder turns hot to the point that it melts. This will allow the tap to just slide off. Place it into a bucket filled with water to cool it down.
1. Thread the pipe with tape, making sure that you’re wrapping in one direction only. Screw the threaded faucet by rotating it in a clockwise direction. Tighten it with your wrench.
2. If you are going to solder a new faucet, you have to file and de-burr the pipe first. If, on the other hand, you used a MAPP torch to remove the old tap, make use of an emery cloth and get rid of any left solder on the pipe. Make sure that it is sanded and clean to ensure that it’s going to be leak-free.
3. When soldering your tap in place, you should guarantee that its handle and also its supply valve are both removed so that they won’t get damaged by extreme heat.
4. Apply the soldering flux on the exterior of the pipe and inside the spout connection. Let the tap slide onto the water pipe. When the outlet is already faced downwards, use your MAPP torch to heat the joint. Don’t forget to use lead-free solder for this project to prevent water contamination. When the solder already melts and gets into the joiny, stop torching the faucet. Leave it for about 10 minutes so it can cool down.
5. Re-install the valve and the faucet handle. Tighten the valve with the use of your pliers then turn on the water supply. Test if the tap works perfectly.
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