Whether you call it a spigot, a hose bib or a garden faucet, you know what it is: That tap sticking out of the exterior of your house, which allows you to attach a hose and spray down those kids you told to get off of your lawn. But as convenient as the hose bib is, it's got two problems: It can freeze, or worse, leak, and you're not liable to notice the steady drip outside the way you'd notice one in your kitchen.
A company called Aquor Water Systems has thus designed a better connection. Their House Hydrant, as it's called, is a flush-mounted stainless steel faucet. First off, it's a damn sight better looking than your standard hose bib:
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But aesthetics aren't the point. With nothing protruding beyond the wall's surface, the water stays inside of your house, where it can't freeze as long as you're up to date on your bills. The corresponding hose adapter simply plugs in, socket-style, and stays firmly in place with a bayonet-style lock; water begins to flow once it's plugged in, and stops when you unplug.
(Is it me, or was she spraying the Viper at the end with the top off?)
The House Hydrant runs $50, the hose adapter is $25, and the company claims installation is as easy as installing a regular spigot.
What I'd like to see these guys tackle next is a better hose management system; I'm lazy enough that I'd probably unplug the hose and just leave it in a bundle under the faucet.