I'm back with yet another problem.
I have a crappy house with cardboard (Masonite) siding and plastic pipes.
The outdoor faucet is loose and I'm clueless how to fix it. I don't
feel like paying a plumber a week's salary if it's something that I fix
Rather than explaining the situation, here are some photographs that
clearly illustrate my problem:
The outside faucet:
(notice the earlier expert repairs)
The pipe inside the crawl space that's directly attached to the outside
Which connects to this tee:
Is there any way of fixing this CF?
One good thing about plastic pipe is; it is easy to modify, if that is
US Brass Quest though parts may be hard to come by, since it was taken
off the market. Anyhow if I was faced with that I'd find a way to put
some metal into the mix. I would start by screwing the hose bib onto a
suitable nipple of iron pipe maybe 6"-8" secure that to the sill plate
with a couple of proper size pipe clips (or what ever the U shaped
things are called) then plumb it into the existing pipe. You may want
to consider a frost free sill cock if you live in a frost/freeze area.
That isn't as important here, they freeze up a coupe weeks a year, but
seldom does it cause damage.
I would buy two 1x5" mending plates and drill a hole dead center into each.
Using a screw and nut that is just long enough to reach through that slot on
each side of the faucet attach the plate to the faucet using the hole you
Then using screws long enough to reach the sill plate behind the siding
screw the mending plates to the wall.
The same thing can be done using a square or circle of exterior plywood that
is drilled in the middle and cut in half to fit around the pipe. Prime and
paint all sides of this before installing. The plywood will look better but
the plates will last longer.
Great instructions! I can understand them.
I've got some good plywood, primer, paint and a drill press lying around.
That's a project I can take of by myself and save another few hundred
I would cut a piece of wood, say 4" x 6" of appropriate thickness to fit between
the hose bib and the wall. Drill a hole in the center of the wood the size of
the outside of the pipe coming out of the hose bib, then cut from the bottom on
each side of the hole to the bottom edge of the wood, so that you can slide the
wood down over the pipe from above.
Clean up the surface of the wall by shaving away excess caulk and cutting away
the wood or whatever that is showing around the pipe, so the wood can be cleanly
slid over the pipe. Coat the back of the boad with glue, and glue it in place
with a few small nails or screws to hold it in place. Glue the piece you cut out
below the hole into the gap at the bottom (glue or caulk). When the glue has
cured, screw the hose bib to the wood with an appropriate sized rust resistant
screw. Then caulk around the bib pipe and along the top and sides of the wood,
and prime and paint the result.
I'd take a piece of wood and use a paddle bit or holesaw,
make a hole to go around the faucet tube. Rip it length
wise. Slip the two pieces on left and right of the faucet.
Screw the pieces to the masonite, and the faucet to the
Left piece a bit like:
Right piece, miror image.
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