There are times I walk around the house and have to play with the hide 'n go seek hose bib. I can't find them!
Such as this house. Do you see a hose bib?
Is the deck covering it up?
The deck is kind of high, apparently built to allow easy access to the hot tub.
That's fine. But where's the hose bib?
My least favorite hose bib in these situations is the one that is 18" below the level of the deck and there's a little trap door built into the deck so you can "get to it."
But on this deck there wasn't even the little trap door!
Looking under the deck the hose bib wasn't there.
Did they remove it when the deck got installed? I see that from time to time too. I don't think that's a good idea because most people really need a hose bib in the rear, but I see it.
Allie, allie in come free!
I found it!
It's in the little cabinet they built on the wall to hid the electric meter and boxes exposed on the wall in the back.
A couple of things:
- There is a new fuse box over the bib. A new AC compressor was installed a little over a year ago. Hence the new box.
- This new box makes it very hard to use the hose! That's a new bib, with a lever handle. To turn on the water that handle needs to extend perpendicular from the house. But the cable is in the way.
- That box contains live electrical connections! Ummm.
- I suspect the new AC system required a different kind of fuse than was contained in the old fuse box used by the old system. So, obediently, they put in the proper fuse required by the manufacturer. This is excellent. But they left the old box in place! Why not remove that box and replace it with the old? Too much work probably. See how they sent the new cable from the box to the panel box by using the main service cable chase? Easy peasy... Much easier than removing the old box.
- They could have removed the old box, and cutting the cables, simply using the old box's location and running the new cable the way they did here for the new box. At least then it would not be blocking the hose bib! It's still near the hose and it is still electrical, but all of these boxes have been in this position for a long time, so the original installation was obviously approved by the county. I would prefer the hose bib to be further away, but that is what was allowed.
New meet old! The new boss is more difficult than the old boss!
My recommendation: when things don't look right, or typical, check them out! See what was done. Sometimes things were done for a reason. And sometimes they were done just for convenience.
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