Last Updated Dec 7, 2010 · Written by Craig Gibson
When it comes to replacing outdoor taps, durability is the key as these are typically permanently exposed to the elements. Most outdoor taps are made from stainless steel, brass or galvanised steel and come in a variety of thread sizes from 15mm to 25mm. Choose one that suits your needs in terms of capacity, remembering that a larger diameter hose will use more water but provide more capacity.
The location of the tap should be carefully considered in terms of where it is likely to receive the most use. You might like to consider a number of outlets, depending on your needs and the configuration of your home and garden. There are also adaptors which give you the option of having multiple taps from one outlet. This is especially useful if you have need to water multiple zones in the garden, or have an irrigation system installed.
When buying an outdoor tap look for the following features:
With over a third of household water usage coming from the garden, it pays to keep an eye on your water usage in this area of the home.
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