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Old 10-20-2019, 06:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Where can I find a curved 90° hose adapter?

I bought timers for the front and back faucets because we forget to set timers when we water the lawn or we were in the middle of something when the timer went off, finished the thing, but forgot to turn off the water. Timers were a cheap solution, but the front faucet is so low that I needed to buy this 90° elbow:



I was excited to solve the problem until I turned on the water.

There was definitely less pressure.

I figure that the 90° formed a restriction. Worse, it started leaking within two months! I think the restriction caused excessive stress, leading to pinholes. I think something like this would work much better:


Do you know where I could find a curved adapter? Thanks!

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If it's a mechanical timer you are using that's dropping the water pressure not the elbow.
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...but the front faucet is so low that I needed to buy this 90° elbow:
Else you could dig a hole below the sillcock or turn it 90°, but then that doesn't involve buying something.
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I bought the elbow to turn the timer 90°

Turning the timer on the faucet only affects how easy it is to read the numbers. I was surprised there was not a timer with the in at 90° to the out.



I am somewhat surprised that the metal elbow outlasted the plastic timer. If the latter ever fails I guess we will see how big the ball valve is.
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If it's a mechanical timer you are using that's dropping the water pressure not the elbow.
I have an uncle who is a master plumber, and his rule of thumb is that each 90° elbow drops the pressure as much as an extra 5' of pipe.
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Old 10-22-2019, 02:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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When Mom insisted in paying a plumber an amount that she refuses to disclose to replace the back faucet he installed a mess of 90° bends. I am unsure what it does, but it seemed to replace a larger-diameter PVC pipe.

Mom needs to replace her back faucet about every other year. I saw a Popular Mechanics article about winterizing your house and it said to use compressed air to vacate your outdoor faucets and then turn off the water inside. Do places that get seriously cold have inside faucets going to the outside ones? I just saw knobs for the hot and cold water to the kitchen sink, with the backyard faucet being just on the other side. The front faucet comes out of the ground, but it is on the outside corner of my bedroom. I wouldn't know where any faucet for that would be.

Could I put something like this on the faucets, force the water out, and then turn off the faucets? Would that save them?



https://www.amazon.com/Winterize-Spr.../dp/B0055Q6CRO

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Matthias Wandel showed how to use a wooden block with holes and a clamp instead of that adapter that I just linked. Apparently he went throughout the house and forced the water back into the pipes, including the toilet--after he disabled the sinks.
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I have never have had to replace one, I always take the hose off and drain it before it gets below freezing. I have 3 on my house. The valve is actually back inside the basement/crawl space, I could see if the wall hydrant isn't level or slightly down hill it might not drain and freeze.

https://www.menards.com/main/plumbin...104498&ipos=73

Some people put insulated covers over them but I've never. I don't have shutoff valve for them either.

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I live in North Dakota, very cold winters. Every outside spigot I've ever seen is a design that has a 2+' drain-back tube. you need a 2' straight shot of pipe into the wall, and when you shut off the spigot it actually drains out 2' (or more depending on the setup) of empty pipe between the outside air and your warm house. We have similar setups for freestanding outdoor spigots, except those usually drain 8' down into the ground, same deal with fire hydrants.
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It is before 05, so I will need to wait until it is light out, and ideally for my family to be up, before I go out back and take pictures. I believe that it is supposed to be a freezeless design and the first time that Mom had it replaced the plumber said she would never need to change it again. I do not know that the latest plumber left behind the old hardware, but we have an old one on the patio. I believe that it is the one that was pulled off last year.

It is two feet long.

Mom does not have a basement, otherwise I would live in it, because yay me.
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I have mowed the lawns a couple of times now and they were starting to look dry, especially the path to my [shed] office. I removed the elbow and timers, ran the sprinkler, and just came inside and set a timer--the first time. The sprinkler probably ran for an hour or two in the same spot.

So, I need to bring the timer out with me and set it before I walk inside?

I am curious how much the extra hardware reduced water pressure.

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