How to Make a Hose Connection in a Mobile Home
A mobile home, a house constructed on a frame with wheels, can have hose connections installed on all four exterior walls. The crawl space under a mobile home has 2 feet to 3 feet between the ground and the floor to work in. The plumbing pipes run tight to the floor in this space. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 10 percent of homes in the United States waste at least 90 gallons of water each day, but following these instructions closely can prevent leaking.
Turn off the water to the mobile home at the water meter. Open a faucet to relieve water pressure.
Use tubing cutters to cut a 2-inch section from the mobile home's main water line between the water meter connection pipe and the first branch line. Allow the water to drain from the cut pipes. The main plumbing line will have its size, usually 3/4 inch or 1 inch, marked on the side of the pipe. A plumbing branch line leads to a faucet, toilet, hose bib or water heater.
Connect a CPVC compression tee fitting to the main water line at the cuts. Aim the side port in the direction of the new hose connection. Use an adjustable wrench to tighten the slip nuts on the compression fittings. Compression fittings can connect to different pipe materials. The correct tee fitting will have the same line size as the main water line and have a 1/2-inch port exiting the side.
Use a tape measure to find the distance from the tee fitting to the wall where the new hose connector will mount. Add 1 inch to this measurement for the pipe's total length.
Cut a piece of 1/2-inch CPVC pipe at the total length measurement. Use tubing cutters to cut the pipe.
Install the 1/2-inch CPVC pipe into the side port of the compression fitting. Tighten the compression fitting nut with an adjustable wrench.
Place hanging straps every 5 feet along the 1/2-inch CPVC pipe. Screw the straps in place with a drill and 1-inch screws.
Clean the end of the pipe and the fitting that will connect to the pipe with CPVC primer. The lid will have a brush connected to it. If the pipe does not reach the exterior of the mobile home, then clean a 1/2-inch CPVC coupling. If the pipe extends past the wall, then clean a 1/2-inch CPVC male fitting.
Apply CPVC glue to the pipe and the fitting. The lid will have a brush connected to it.
Slide the fitting onto the pipe with a twisting motion. Keep pressure on the fitting for 60 seconds. Extend the pipe as necessary with couplings and hanging straps until the end reaches the exterior wall where the pipe will require the male fitting.
Cover the CPVC male fitting's threads with a pipe thread compound. The lid will have a brush connected to it.
Screw a hose bib connector onto the male fitting until it's tight. Place an adjustable wrench on the CPVC male fitting. Tighten the hose bib connector two full turns with the second adjustable wrench. The hose connection on the hose bib should face downwards.
Use a drill to secure the hose bib to the mobile home with 1-inch screws.
Turn the water to the mobile home on at the water meter. Check for leaks.
Things You Will Need
- Tubing cutters
- Adjustable wrench
- CPVC compression tee fitting
- 2 adjustable wrenches
- Tape measure
- CPVC 1/2 inch pipe
- Hanging straps
- 1-inch screws
- CPVC primer
- CPVC male fitting
- CPVC glue
- Pipe thread compound
- Hose bib connector
- Mobile homes in cold climates will need either heat tape or insulation installed to the waterlines.