Like a dumbshit I left the hose connected over the winter, turned it on and watched water come flooding out under the sillplate. I ran inside, killed the line at the manifold, tore down the insulation between the joists and saw the nice bulging split in the sillcock.
I jumped online to see how much freeze proof sillcocks run these days and noticed every single one I came across had horrible reviews. What's a good quality brand to stick to and where can I get it? Unfortunately all the mom & pop stores around me switched to the same junk the box stores carry to compete.
Arrowhead is still metal.
When you install it make sure it is pitched down to fully drain, and use the screw threads instead of even thinking of soldering them in.
By screwing the faucet in you can remove it with minimal damage to the wall if it ever does fail (like from leaving a hose attached so the
valve cannot drain).
I replaced one in a masonry house that had been correctly installed and freaked out my friend.
They had put a shower stall on the interior wall behind the valve, with the inside shut off behind a panel above the shower.
Hose left attached, slit the valve nicely.
I managed to simply unscrew the valve from the threaded 90 degree fitting, then screw the new one back in.
Two screws to secure the flange to the wall and all was well.
Replaced it with a Woodford. Turns out it's the same brand it was.