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megerlach

05:20AM | 11/30/06
Member Since: 11/29/06
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Bvplumbing
It's beginning to get cold and this will be the first winter in my new place and I am having trouble locating the shut off valve for my outdoor spickets. Can anyone provide any insight into where they might be or how best to find them? Thanks.

Billhart

07:24AM | 11/30/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
How old is the house?

Can you contack the previous owners to ask them?

Does the house have crawlspace or basement. All of them that I have seen the shutoff with a drain is on the inside immediately "behind" the outdoor faucet.

For a number of years the standard has been Frostproof faucets. Don't know how long they have been used, but my 1979 house has them.

This will give you an idea of what they are.

http://www.rd.com/content/openContent.do?contentId=18060

The acutal shutoff is inside the house. Older ones won't have the anti-sphyon part.

If you have a frostless make sure that you detach any hoses. That can hold water inside the valve and it can freeze and split.


megerlach

08:23AM | 11/30/06
Member Since: 11/29/06
2 lifetime posts
Thanks Bill. The condo was rebuilt in 2003 from the basement up. The spicket I speak of is on the North side of the condo along the basement wall. I will look at it this evening to see if I can determine if it has the frost proof faucet. I will also look close to where the spicket is from the inside to see if I can locate the shut-off valve. I do appreciate your help.

Sylvan

10:18AM | 11/30/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
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When having trouble locating the shut off line valve inside the structure try the following.

Open the outside bib (hose valve) and go inside the house and you can hear the water rushing through the line Or you can feel which line is getting colder and then just look for a valve on that line
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