aaronpk
aaronpk
Anyone have opinions about where to place outdoor faucets on a house? I'm realizing I haven't had outdoor space in so long that I don't have any recent frustrations with outdoor hoses to draw from!

Is the answer just, "everywhere"?
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hawaiiboy
hawaiiboy

@aaronpk When we had a house, we had 3, one near the garage for washing cars and rinsing tools, etc. One in the back yard for everything that happens back there and one in the front opposite the garage for watering plants and front yard play. or put one and buy a long hose :-)

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brandontreb
brandontreb

@aaronpk we built a house 3 years ago. I wished I had placed more outdoor faucets and more outdoor outlets. Also, if you are doing new construction, plan ahead for power for mounted spot lights and/or cameras around the outside of the house.

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circustiger
circustiger

@aaronpk I'm at the end of my new build and have put one in the front yard, one in the back, and another by the garage for cleaning purposes (as @hawaiiboy said).

Good hoses and hose storage systems are money well spent. Wrestling with kinked and cracked offerings is not my idea of fun 😬

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brandontreb
brandontreb

@aaronpk sweet. Another suggestion that we are super very happy with: put outlets in corners high up inside the house for Sonos everywhere :)

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tracydurnell
tracydurnell

@aaronpk there are three at our house, one of them under the deck πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ The frustration with the placement of the other two is that we needed a massive hose to be able to water the far back corner of the yard, and in the front yard have to drag the hose across the driveway (and around the car) to water everything. It also made setting up soaker hoses for the yard obnoxious -- having water on the garden side of the walkway would have been so appreciated. I guess it'd be handy placement for carwashing but that's better for the environment to do at a carwash πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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fgtech
fgtech

@aaronpk We have three and it’s just right, though the size of the property and placement of gardens will matter. Wherever you put them, make sure you can readily access shutoff valves, which you want even for frost-free faucets.

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hawaiiboy
hawaiiboy

@circustiger when we had a big house. The front yard hose with a sprinkler would keep our dogs entertained for quite a while.

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fgtech
fgtech

@aaronpk @hawaiiboy @circustiger @tracydurnell These are the best hoses I’ve ever had.

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fgtech
fgtech

@fgtech For the frost free part to work the valve extends inside your insulation envelope. If you get a really cold snap you want the extra insurance of shutting off farther back. Also, the manual valve makes life easier if you ever need to replace a faucet. Nothing lasts forever.

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circustiger
circustiger

@hawaiiboy Same! We had a Slip N Slide (with mini inflatable pool at the end) and it was the highlight of any summer's day.

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circustiger
circustiger

@fgtech You had me at "puncture proof, kink free".

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fgtech
fgtech

@circustiger Every hose claims to be kink-free but these ones actually work. You can still mess up by yanking too hard at the wrong moment which will bend the metal shell too far, but these are pretty great.

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gregmoore
gregmoore

@aaronpk How old am I getting excited about a metal hose recommendation? πŸ˜‚ I also want to boost @brandontreb comments about outside power outlets.

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zoglesby
zoglesby

@aaronpk If it gets cold enough frost-free faucets should still be turned off, and if you ever need to change the faucet (for leaks and what not) you will want to be able to turn off the water without having to turn it off at the main.

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bryan
bryan

@aaronpk a bit late with a response here, but one annoying thing about my house is that the hose bibb on the front is immediately left of our garage door and next to our walkway to the front door. If someone doesn't put it away or if we have a sprinkler going in the front yard, the hose crosses the walkway. I would think about where you'll use it most and put it close to that without having to cross paths or driveways.

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