2. Go outside and open the faucet (by turning the top of the knob all the way to the left). Some water might come out — not a lot, it shouldn't be more than a dribble — so have a small bucket handy to catch it if the ground can't get wet.
3. Once the water stops (if there is any), close the faucet again so that you don't make a big mess in the spring when you reopen the indoor faucet.
4. The last step is to go back inside and open the release valve all the way. (Note: Not all faucets have release valves. If yours doesn't, you can skip this step.) Again, there might be a bit of water, so have a cup or bucket handy. Give it enough time to be sure there's no more water, and then close it. Again, turn it all the way, but don't force it so tight that you won't be able to reopen it with your hands.
That's it. You're all set for winter. Go grab a mug of coffee, sit back, and watch the fire. You've earned it.
This post was published on November 5th, 2016 by Robert James Reese.