Read this before you start
If you live in a colder climate, your water pipes may be susceptible to freezing. For the most part, your plumbing is safely inside the heated living space of your house. However, an outdoor hose bib (spigot) on the outside wall of your house is exposed to the elements and can freeze during the colder winter months. Since water expands as it freezes, this situation can burst your pipes causing water damage to your house.
You have 2 solutions to avoid this mishap. First, you can turn off the inline valve and drain the water out of an existing outdoor hose bib during the winter months. Or for added convenience, you can install a frost-free outdoor hose bib that will help keep water away from the cold, outside elements. A frost-free outdoor hose bib contains a long stem that places the actual water shut off about 10 inches inside the house. This keeps still water away from the elements.
Skill Level & Time
• Beginner - 1 to 3 hours
• Intermediate - 1 to 2 hours
• Advanced - 1/2 to 1 hour
Always use lead-free solder for plumbing projects.
Wear protective glasses when soldering.
Always use caution when using a torch near wood. Cover the wood with a piece of sheet metal or flameproof material to prevent direct exposure to the torch's flame.
Don’t hurry. If pipes aren't properly prepared for soldering, you may end up with leaks, then you will need to completely drain the water out of the pipes you are working on. It is impossible to solder pipes with water in them.
Before you solder the pipes together, assemble all the pieces to make sure you have a proper fit and no unforeseen problems.
Review our tutorial on soldering copper pipes for additional information on this subject.