Do you wrap your faucets

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  1. Steve S

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    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. MNAirHead

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    turn off inside.. oepn the outside valve and let sit.
     
  3. Jeff K

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    I put those styrofoam covers over my outside faucets in the Winter. Cost like a buck each, and covers the entire thing.
     
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    i wrap the jimmy before a shimmy :ninja:
     
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    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

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    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. ;)
     
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    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

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    Yup. On a super deep freeze we'll turn it off from inside.
     
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    Please tell me this is another dirty metaphor thread akin to grilled cheese sammiches.
     
  11. RWP

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

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    Warm state folks say the funniest things.
     
  13. Bryan R. Tyler

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    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?
     
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    Turn it off from the internal valve, then open it so any remaining water evacuates. :)
     
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    Good thing it hasn't started to ice or snow here yet.

    "looks outside at ice and snow"

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

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    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.
     
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    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. Chunk-O-Funk

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    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

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    When you say "turn it off from inside" are you talking about the main shut off valve?
     
  20. Chunk-O-Funk

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    Nope.

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

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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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