Exterior Hose Bib question

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by fatdaddy, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. fatdaddy

    fatdaddy New Member

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    I would like to replace an exterior hose bib with a ball valve,quarter turn replacement. The replacement has male threads that would be attached to my 1/2" copper line.
    A couple of questions:
    How do I sweat the male threaded bib to the copper? Should I attach a female threaded cooper adapter to my line and just screw it on or should I sweat the threaded male brass to a female copper and then sweat it to my 1/2" copper line?

    Also,I have to install the hose bib sideways because the deck would not allow room enough to attach a hose in the normal way. Is this common practice?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    sweat on a female threaded elbow and then screw the hose faucet into it.
  3. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    If this is exposed to the outside, in Connecticut it should be a frost free valve and it will not drain if turned sideways. If it is not frost free, it should have a shut off inside so the bib can drain in the winter. It can be turned as desired, but the pipe needs to have a slight downward slope.
  4. fatdaddy

    fatdaddy New Member

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    Thanks for the quick responses.

    I do have a shut off inside and the 1/2" line does have a slight drop to it.
    I can't say that about the other faucets,but this one does and right now it is my main concern as I have a project going on.Thanks again!
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