Put a watering spigot on my deck


Just bought a house. The previous owners extended the deck and now the sillcock is really inconvenient to get to. How can I move it so that I can easily hook up and then turn on/off a hose?

The deck is about 2 feet off the ground, and I don't love having to crawl under it to reach the sillcock when I want to water the garden.

I live in NC, so cold temps aren't a huge concern, but I'm sure I can't just run pipe the 15 feet or so I'd need under my deck without getting myself in trouble in winter. Could I sufficiently insulate a pipe that way? I always disconnect my hoses and shut off the water for the winter anyway, would attaching a hose with a shutoff on it and leaving the water on at the wall all the time be as bad an idea as it sounds? Short of running new pipe under the house to a more convenient external location, is there any kind of accepted method to move the water cutoff about 15 feet away from the...

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revised Spring 2009


Follow this link for details on critical weather specifications for applying water repellents to outdoor wood.


Although pressure treated wood, cedar and redwood will not rapidly develop rot, any wood left totally unprotected outdoors will grey with sunlight and develop cracks, called "checking" from wet / dry cycles. In a cold climate, once the checks are developed, water in the cracks will accentuate the problem with freeze / thaw cycles. All wood outdoors should be protected from fading and checking, even those which already have natural or pressure treated rot protection.

So what we are talking about is moisture proofing. That could be with paint or varnish, although I hate to use paint and varnish outdoors because you eventually have to scrape even the best paint and varnish off and start over -- that's just my lazy streak. You could moisture-proof the wood with opaque stain, but again someday you...

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The new water line running to the outdoor spigot could actually be spliced into the existing cold water line at any point—bearing in mind, of course, that no cut may be made at any point between the curb/meter and your main shut-off. If you are splicing in the new line (and hence, cutting an existing line) anywhere near the main shut-off be sure you do it above the main shut-off.

Remember, your home’s water service comes from the curb or a meter at the curb. This main water line (the intake) is joined to your home’s cold-water line by a special fitting. Immediately after this fitting there is a main shut-off valve. When closed, the main shut-off shuts off all water to your house. You use this to shut off the water supply from the curb when you need to do work on the plumbing, or in an emergency if a water line breaks. If you cut the line anywhere between the main shut-off and the curb/meter, you will have no way of turning of the resulting geyser of water—except at the meter...

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Step 1: Overview

In recent years, outdoor faucets (sill cocks) and water spigot have undergone two great improvements.

First, a frost-proof sill cock (Figure A) puts the faucet’s flow valve well within the heated walls of your home. That means if a sudden freeze occurs or you forget to shut down and drain the faucet’s water line for the winter, your chances of having a pipe burst drop dramatically.

Second, an anti-siphon device (vacuum breaker in a water spigot), now required by all building codes, is built into some new sill cocks (or can be added on to existing ones; Photo 8). It prevents unsanitary water from being pulled back through a garden hose and contaminating your water system.

We’ll show you how to install freeze-proof sill cocks, anti-siphon valves and shutoff valves that will safeguard your home. The work will include connecting new fittings or soldering (also called “sweating”) copper joints.

Note: Our home has a galvanized piping...

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noinwi, I think your plant is looking good! I am surprised at the amount of water my plant is requiring, and with a shallow box, you may have some pretty heavy water requirements as well, but definitely keep the pics coming! That was a very creative idea with the box you made, and I'd love to see how your plant progresses.

iriegirlfran- I am new to growing zucchini, so I can't offer a whole lot of advice, but I'll start with what I know. First, do you have any female flower blossoms or male? You can tell by the width of the stem supporting the blossom. If it is long and thin, it is a male, the thick ones are from female blossoms. If you don't, then that's the problem.

If you have both, you can try hand pollinating if you aren't getting enough flying friends to pollinate them for you. I've not done that, but it involves taking a q-tip or other device (others may have better recommendations for what to use) and take some pollen from a male flower and rub it on the...

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I don't know your boat, but many have a vent on the hull in the vicinity of the deck-fill. Usually a small chrome or stainless


fitting with the opening pointing aft. Could be that a mason bee or something, has started living in there.

When we fill, the normal flow from a domestic type hose is no problem. These days I also filter through a two-stage (20 micron, then 5 micron) filter to avoid accumulation of sediment in the tanks. That slows the flow a little, but either way, we only have water coming out at the last few litres.

If you can't find a vent on your hull (there will also be one for your fuel tank, then trace the filling line down from the deck to the tank. The vent will either be tee'd into the filling line, or come from a separate spigot on the tank.

Also, there is often a valve or baffle in the vent line to minimise chance of sea water getting in when heeling, while still allowing air to get out when filling, and in when draining. That...

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Eat This

With no source of water near my deck, I've done the sensible thing for many years: grown succulents in pots. The sedums never needed watering, and that made for one happy gardener. But then I got religion, circa 2009, set out to grow food instead, and needed a solution to the chore of frequent watering.

Aha! Self-watering planters from Gardeners Supply, I say. The ones with the big reservoir at the bottom that holds enough water to last a week. But I soon realized that sure, I could go out of town for a week but I still have to haul HUGE quantities of water to fill those reservoirs. Trip after trip between the kitchen and the planters with heavy watering cans. And being a true born-again veg-grower, I've also planted up a bunch of regular containers, and they need watering every day.

So I'm looking for a miracle gadget, a 20-foot hose that will connect to the kitchen faucet and do all the watering with no schlepping. I used to...

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It really depends on where there is a water line to tap into. Is your kitchen or bathroom on an outside wall or close-by the deck? That would make it easier. It's a pretty easy job. If you wanted to, a decent handyman could do something like this for less than a plumber. Ask around the neighborhood or look on phone poles.

In the time being, if you're in a hurry, Lowes and Home Depot have the connectors to hook up a hose to a kitchen sink. But I guess I wouldn't want a hose running through my kitchen unless the sink were by a window leading out onto the deck.

Also, check to make sure you don't have a dishwasher hookup. (I did, so I just ran a line from that to the deck - I have the valve inside where the dishwasher hookup is, and I put a valves and a "Y" on the outside too.)

Good luck - it IS liberating, being able to run sprinklers and timers and everything! Really made me able to have all the plants I want.

Here is a link that might be useful: My...

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