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Question DetailsAsked on 9/20/2017

How much does it cost to raise a outdoors water hose spigot, with a lock so no one else can turn it on?

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Here are some previous similar questions about a new spigot (note some may talk about totally new faucet, not just a new one at current location). Locking one only costs about $10 more than normal type - so about $10-20 range typically - plus $10 or so for you to buy a lock for it.


==== ======== ======== ======== If the current spigot is OK, just having water stolen or faucet opened by vandals/children and causing flooding, you can buy locking covers at Amazon and such which fit over a normal spigot/hose bib and lock around it for about $15-35 - no need for a plumber for them, clamp shut around existing faucet so no plumbing to do, so total cost to you (though probably a bit easier to break into than a faucet with actual lock on it because usually plastic) would be a lot less. ======== On the "raise the faucet" thing - if you mean raise it in a wall, not much more cost from plumber but will require some drywall repair/painting afterwards unless pipe is exposed inside the wall (in unfinished garage/basement/crawlspace, etc). If this is a "hydrant" faucet - sticking up out of the ground - if not frostless type, probably no noticeable difference in cost to just add a short length of pipe. If a frostless type (which actually operates a valve way down in the ground, and automatically drains out the water in the standpipe after each use, then you would need excavation to the valve depth and a whole new (taller) hydrant - which is likely to run more in the $500 or more range, ballpark. Hydrant itself is about $100-125 for garden hose size, more like $250 for multi-hose / farm flow capacity, plus the cost of digging down and connecting it into the piping at depth. ======== If existing wall hose bib, and vandalism is the issue, meaning they may break a loced faucet, maybe just putting a shutoff valve inside the building on the existing valve is best idea, if this faucet is not used much and does not have to be usable by gardeners or such who will not be able to access an inside shutoff valve when they need to use it. That way valve will be there but no water will come out without turning on the inside valve. ======== Another less secure shutoff method, used mostly at schools and where small kids may turn it on and flood the basement, is removing the handle when not in use, or installing a "key box" valve - instead of a handle it takes a manual "key" to turn the recessed (usually square) top of the valve stem. ========

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