Pipe comes straight out of block wall with a threaded end. Hose bib
is screwed onto the end of this pipe.
My problem is getting the leaky hose bib off of this threaded pipe. I
gave the pipe wrench a heck of a wack with a hammer trying to break
the bib loose but its not budging. I don't want to twist or damage
the main pipe - what do I do?!
Leftie loosie? or are those things reverse threaded?
If it is conventional threaded ie counterclockwise to loosen...I need
to figure out how to help break the bond.
Any help and/or guidance is greatly appreciated.
Ir there is enough of the pipe sticking out to grab it with
ViseGrip or similar pliers, lock the pliers on the pipe and then
use the pipe wrench to take off the hose bib. I don't think you
can do what you want without using TWO wrenches, one on the pipe
and one on the hose bib.
ViseGrips are a fine way to destroy the pipe. Use a proper pipe wrech (aka
monkey wrench). They're designed to increase their bite on the material as
it's turned. Versus visegrips not only gouging the hell out of the pipe but
potentially crushing it out of round the process. It's possible to misuse a
monkey wrench but not nearly as bad a visegrips.
Well, yes if it is copper pipe. If it is galvanized no. I suspect
galv. as his descripton of giving it a "whack" would have at least
twisted copper. Of course if it is a frost-free bib then it will be
screwed (or soldered) into a fitting inside somewhere.
Huh?? Unless there is something missing in your reply, and there for
sure is in the thread, the last thing heard was that it looks like galv
to O'malley. You and Mort said copper. At least that is what is
showing on my reader. Clarify??
I assume you tried WD-40 already.
I assume the hose bib is brass and the pipe steel. Brass should come
off steel. The person that said to use 2 pipe wrenches is correct or
you might end up removing the whole pipe. Heat is a good solution
assuming thre is nothing flammable nearby.
One other thing. How far does that pipe go into the house? If it's
only a few feet, remove the whole pipe and replace it. The cement
around the block should loosen up. You can seal it with silicone
caulk when you finish.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.