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Home improvement progress report

It's always something. It's never, ever simple. Last weekend, I bought a hose. While I am not responsible for maintaining the outside of my home (that's the HOA's job), I can think of at least two things to have an outside water source for, and maybe someday in the future, another. So I brought it home and tried to hook it up to the outdoor faucet and discovered...I have no faucet. Oh, there's a pipe that protrudes out the wall by the garage door, and it has a four-pronged handle for turning the water on and off, and there's a place the water comes out, but it is not anything you can hook a hose up to.

I returned to Home Depot today to see if I could find a hose adaptor, and when I described the situation to the garden department employee, he looked baffled. He sent me inside to plumbing. The plumbing department guy told me that probably someone had removed the actual faucet, and that, no, there wasn't anything standardized about what remained where I could simply buy the missing piece. I had measurements, and knew it had "male threads", meaning whatever I bought as an adaptor needed the same size female threads on one end, and something that would hook up to a standard hose on the other.

We did the best we could cobbling together a couple pipe pieces to act as my new faucet (cheaper than a plumber coming to replace the whole thing). I hooked it up a little while ago and it leaks like crazy in several places. After fitting it as tightly as I could in those places, I've decided now I need to get some sort of water-proof caulking to finish it off.

Can't something be straightforward in this endeavor? Anything?



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Aug. 16th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
What you are looking for is pipe thread sealant tape. Turn off the water. Take it apart again. Dry it all off. Wrap the male side threads with the tape. (You'll need to follow the directions one the tape package for how many wraps). Then put it back together snugly with a nice big wrench. It should not leak.
Aug. 16th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
Ah, OK, so a pipe condom, then.

; D
Aug. 16th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)

Can't something be straightforward in this endeavor? Anything?

Aug. 16th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
That's it! Next time, a totally newly-built house!
Aug. 16th, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
It's home ownership which pretty much means "no".
Aug. 16th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
When things get rough, the rough break down and hire somebody to do these things.

Although that's pretty much a pain, too.
Aug. 16th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
GALMI! That is the answer to all home repairs...get a little man in
Aug. 17th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Ugh, hells yeah. I'm dragging my feet on finding a trustworthy plumber for the leaky bathtub faucet. I have a distinct feeling it's not something I can do because I would have to punch a hole in the shower wall to reach the pipes. Then that would also mean I would have to find a guy who can do that and patch up the hole. And don't even get me started on these really old single pane aluminum windows, 2 of which are really large.
Aug. 17th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Sometimes, you gotta buckle down and do what you gotta do. I let myself have a stopped-up bathtub drain for years in my old SF condo before I brought the plumber in to do what draino hadn't been able to. He could also explain to me why my attempt to snake out the clog had failed.
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