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Adding an outdoor pole-mounted hose hanger with faucet

My parents live in an 1880-something house that has been retro-fitted for indoor plumbing. The problem is the people who did it in 19-whenever didn’t put a hose faucet on the outside of the house. Because of that, for years, every time my my parents want to use a hose outside they have to either run a hose into the basement and hook it up to a faucet my dad rigged up down there or they have to rely on their method of catching washing machine gray water in a barrel and using theirsubmersible pump to water the plants. So this was finally my solution. Buy an outdoor hose hanger with faucet attached (like $20 at Tractor Supply).

This baby will do the trick.

The idea is simple enough. You sink this into the ground, run a hose out to it and the on/off switch (faucet) is now outside instead of in the basement. If you’re closing in on 70, the crumbly cement stairs to the basement are not your best friend.

Step 1: Dig a hole about 8″x8″ where you want the post to be sunk.

According to the pole, an 8″x8″ hole is ideal. Let your significant other or your mom decide where they want the faucet to live.

Really, a photo of a hole I dug?

Step 2: Get your concrete ready.

The kind of concrete you choose is up to you I guess. If you don’t want to mix it then maybe your best bet is to get some Quikrete Fast-setting concrete. That’s the kind you just throw in the hole around the pole or post or whatever you’re setting and soak it with water. It magically turns into concrete. But that stuff’s like $9/bag. I’m cheap frugal so I buy the cheapest Quikrete I can find for like $4/bag and mix it myself. If you have a wheelbarrow and a shovel then this is simple. The instructions are on the bag. it’s not rocket science. You add water and mix, like that nasty pancake mix.

It’s easiest to mix in a wheelbarrow. Throw the bag in, jab at it with a shovel, dump it out.

It feels good jabbing that bag with the shovel. It pops like a ballpark frank.

Have your helper spray tiny amounts of water into your concrete while you mix with the shovel. I actually prefer to mix concrete with a garden hoe, but I had a shovel handy so that’s what I used.

I just say “Spray. Stop. Spray. Stop” and I mix until it’s like thick, chunky peanut butter.

Step 3: If you’re awesome, throw some drainage gravel in the bottom of your hole before you fill with concrete.

Step 4: Shovel in the concrete and shove your post down into it.

If you were setting a fence post you’d already have the post in the hole and shovel the concrete in around it. Since this hose hanger pole is hollow I decided to shove it down into the concrete so it would get all up in the pole’s business and help it stay set. While you’re doing this you might and well jab it up and down into the concrete a bunch of times to try and get rid of air bubbles.

Step 5: Level it.

You really can eyeball this part but I’m anal so I got out the 24″ level.

Level it left and right and forward and backward.

Step 6: Smooth out and grade the concrete.

This is the fun part. You need to smooth out the top of the concrete. While you’re smoothing it out also grade it to slope away from the pole so you don’t get standing water.

It’s like frosting a cake.

Step 7: BAM, almost done.

Looking good. Leveled. Smoothed. Graded.

Step 8: The finishing touches.

Let your little helper make hand prints and date it.

That’s really it. After a couple days it’ll be rock solid. For this year we’re just running an old hose out of the basement to the hose connector fitting. Next year maybe I’ll run PVC out to it, but probably not.

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