Frost Free Sillcock or Traditional Water Spigot


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Old 05-07-19, 03:46 PM
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Frost Free Sillcock or Traditional Water Spigot

Four years ago I had a traditional 25+ year old water spigot replaced with a Nibco Frost Free Sillcock. Two years ago it started spurting out water from a little hole in the stem, even if the water was off. Turns out the whole thing need to be replaced because Nibco discontinued that model. On top of that, the basement was refinished since it was installed and now that part of the pipe is not accessible. Fortunately, the feed/shut off pipe are very accessible. So I plan to re-route the faucet right from the shut off, up and out. Now I'm just wondering is it worth getting another frost free sillcock or just go back to the traditional? How often do these frost free ones fail?
 
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Old 05-07-19, 04:06 PM
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Barring physical damage, I have not heard of that happening, and if it were physical damage the same could happen to the line feeding it. Given the odds that it's going to get cold every winter, I'd stick with a frost free.
 
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You did not complete your profile so we have no idea where you are located. If in the deep south a frost proof sillcock isn't needed. If you are in an area that gets freezing temperatures then it's a good idea. Both will be damaged if you leave a hose connected during freezing temperatures.
 
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Old 05-07-19, 04:27 PM
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Pilot Dane - I'm in NJ. Yeah...it gets cold here. Do not know why my location doesn't show. Checked my profile details, it's there.
 
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If it's any difference I have had nothing but Woodford faucets for probably 40 years and just this spring replaced my first ever washer(s) in the one faucet that gets abut 85% of total use!
 
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Old 05-08-19, 05:48 AM
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I also love Woodford spigots. In addition to their quality they flow much more water than ones I've tried from the big box home centers.
 
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