In detail

I put an outdoor tap

I put an outdoor tap

Water the garden, fill the swimming pool, clean the terrace ... An outdoor tap is often of great use in a detached house. And if I don't have one, I can install one myself, provided you still have some welding knowledge! For the rest, this operation requires about two hours of work.

Step 1 - I gather tools and materials

In addition to my traditional toolbox (adjustable wrench, meter, screwdriver ...), I will need a tap of course, but also dedicated copper pipes, a torch with its oxygen cylinders and d acetylene, tin welding rods, a pipe cutter - or failing that a hacksaw, fixing collars, possibly a hand bender if I have to bend my pipe, a valve lever to cut the water in winter. I do not forget the essential drill, in this case with its concrete drill.

Step 2 - I take the measurements

Before I start anything, I think about not only cutting off the water but also purging the pipes. Otherwise, guaranteed flooding! As with all DIY work, I start by taking my measurements, on the outside wall at the height where I want to place my faucet, on the inside wall at the location of the fixing collars. I place these at one meter from the ground (but we can just as easily place its pipe lower) and the distance between each of them is also one meter. I'm careful to position them correctly if I have to bypass an electrical outlet, go behind the water heater ...

Step 3 - I prepare my wall

Outside, I drill my wall so as to create a passage for the pipe. Inside, I put my fixing collars, simply by pinning them in Placoplâtre®. According to my measurements, particularly towards the water inlet pipes, I bend my copper tube. I use a hand bender for this, without forgetting beforehand to burn the copper with a torch to make it more manageable.

Step 4 - I create a new water supply

Still with a blowtorch, I drill a hole in a cold water supply pipe. I protect my wall against the heat and the flame of the torch. I always use this tool to make a soft solder solder, with my tin wire, between the pipe and the end of my copper tube.

Step 5 - I fix my copper tubes

Depending on the length of the wall in my basement, I will need several copper tubes which will also be welded with a torch using welding rods. I place them in the clamps, which I just need to tighten with a screwdriver along the entire length of the wall. To the location designated for the joystick valve, which will be used to shut off the water. I then place this valve on my pipe, 1 m / 1.50 m from the outside wall. At this point, I can reopen the water and check that the valve works well.

Step 6 - I place the last tube

Before placing my last copper tube, I need to bend it so that it is placed vertically against the wall, outside, on a height of 10 to 15 cm. I also cut it to the necessary length so that it can be placed at the end of my valve. I then insert the tube from the outside, I place the nut and I fix it to the water stop valve. Outside, it should be vertical and almost glued to the wall.

Step 7 - I install my tap

Last step: installing the tap. To do this, I mark the fixing mark before drilling my wall again. Important: I am thinking of plugging my pipe with my thumb to prevent plaster residue from entering it. I anchor the tap and I just have to screw it on my pipe on which I placed and welded a nut. I make sure it is perfectly tightened with an adjustable wrench.

Step 8 - I turn on the tap!

The installation is complete, it's time to open the tap and let the water flow!