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Do you wrap your faucets

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Steve S, Dec 9, 2009.


  1. Steve S

    Steve S

    Jul 26, 2000
    It's getting cold here and last nite, it dipped to 17 degrees. I used to wrap my outdoor faucets for years but notice that many people don't do that. I wrapped 3 out of 4 faucets last nite but couldn't get the hose off of the 4th one so left it.

    How many people here do this?
     
  2. turn off inside.. oepn the outside valve and let sit.
     
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  4. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I put those styrofoam covers over my outside faucets in the Winter. Cost like a buck each, and covers the entire thing.
     
  5. standupright

    standupright

    Jul 7, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
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    i wrap the jimmy before a shimmy :ninja:
     
  6. ()smoke()

    ()smoke()

    Feb 25, 2006
    Dallas
    i wrap or cover mine when we are expecting a hard freeze...if i can't cover for whatever reason, i'll leave it dripping
     
  7. Randall

    Randall

    Aug 6, 2009
    Canada.
    We have what are called non freeze hose bibs in Canada. It was -27 deg C here the other day so wrapping would not help any lol. ;)
     
  8. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
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    HPF Technology: Protecting the Pocket since 2007
    That hose is going to be a problem. I did that once, and the hose kept enough water in the faucet that the faucet froze and cracked. A faucet froze and burst open at a rental house where I once lived.
     
  9. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO

    Yup. On a super deep freeze we'll turn it off from inside.
     
  10. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Please tell me this is another dirty metaphor thread akin to grilled cheese sammiches.
     
  11. RWP

    RWP

    Jul 1, 2006
    I don't think so but there is still time. :D
     
  12. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Warm state folks say the funniest things.
     
  13. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I'm a cold state person and I've never even heard of this :D Never considered my hose faucet to lead to a pipe freezing. So I should either wrap it in something or turn on the faucet and turn off its supply?
     
  14. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Turn it off from the internal valve, then open it so any remaining water evacuates. :)
     
  15. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Good thing it hasn't started to ice or snow here yet.

    "looks outside at ice and snow"

    Crap in a hat.....
     
  16. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    My parent's house in Connecticut would get a frozen, split hose bib once every couple of years.
    Here in the Middle Atlantic states I haven't had a problem in the 17 years I've lived here.
     
  17. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY

    In all honesty, it doesn't happen all that often. I live in a place that's never had the outside faucet shut down in the winter and we've never had a problem (and we have long hard cold winters). Its a good precaution though.
     
  18. Turn in off from inside, that's about it.

    Been living in New England all my life, and never had a pipe burst. One close call with an exposed water pipe in an unheated stairway. The water stopped flowing one sub-zero day, but it never burst. Since then that pipe has a thermostat controlled heating element that I plug in when the temps fall into the single digits.
     
  19. Steve S

    Steve S

    Jul 26, 2000
    When you say "turn it off from inside" are you talking about the main shut off valve?
     
  20. Nope.

    There is a valve in the basement to stop the flow of water to just that outside faucet.
     
  21. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
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    Wrapping a faucet? I don't even know what that is.

    I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I don't think I've seen ice in this city that didn't come from a freezer.
     



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