Step 8: Reinstall the stem assembly

reinstalling the stem assembly
Photo: Shaffer Smith Photography
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Now you can secure the faucet to the house with two 1 1/2-inch0long weather-resistant screws. Drive the screws through the mounting holes int he flange.

Slide the stem assembly into the faucet and tighten up with pliers.

Close the drain nut on the shut-off valve, then open the valve and check for leaks.

Now go back tot he new faucet and turn it on. Allow the water to run for a few seconds to flush out any excess flux.

Tip: For extra weather protection, wrap the faucet's pipe with pre-slit foam or fiberglass pipe-insulation tubes.

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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill with 1-inch-diameter spade bit
    • tongue-and-groove pliers
      Tongue-and-groove pliers
    • adjustable wrench
      Adjustable wrench
    • propane torch
      Propane torch
    • tubing cutter
      Close-quarter tubing cutter
    • hack saw
      Mini hacksaw
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • ratcheting screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • eye goggles
      Eye goggles

    Shopping List

    1. FREEZEPROOF FAUCET

    2. 1/2-INCH COUPLING

    1/2-inch CxC



    3. 1/2-INCH FEMALE ADAPTER

    1/2-inch CxF



    4. PIPE FLUX AND ACID BRUSH

    5. LEAD-FREE SOLDER EMERY CLOTH

    6. TEFLON PLUMBER'S TAPE

    7. ADHESIVE CAULK

    8. FIRE-RESISTANT CLOTH AND FIRE EXTINGUISHER

    9. FITTING BRUSH

    10. TWO 1 1/2-INCH-LONG WEATHER-RESISTANT SCREWS

    11. BUCKET