I have a leaky outdoor faucet. It is one of three outside faucets I have at
my house. There are two in the front of the house that I can see are
threaded onto the pipe. The third faucet (the leaking one) I assumed is
threaded also, but it is difficult to see behind the bibb part of the
faucet, but there is definitely a nut type fitting there.
With a wrench on that and another on the faucet itself I tried to unscrew
the faucet, but instead the entire pipe turned inside the wall (apparently
had the incorrect size wrench on the back of the faucet). I may have turned
the entire pipe inside the wall as much as 90 degrees counter clockwise.
The pipe is copper. While I turned it back to normal, (never could get the
*&^*%$ faucet off), I am now paranoid I may have crimped or twisted the pipe
enough inside the wall for it to be leaking. I did not notice or hear water
when I turned the water back on, but if it is a slow drip.... Is there a
way to tell short of the siding rotting out in a few months? The room
behind the faucet is a utility room, which I guess I could tear into the
wall if necessary (sigh). How do I get the faucet off?
Thanks for any ideas..
first whats wrong with the faucet? leaky at stem tighten packing nut a
1/2 turn? bad washer etc.
once you fix faucet turn water on, outside valve off, then turn inside
valve off, wait a couple days see if you hear water run when you turn
supply valve back on.
a low tech way to test for leaks
the faucet is likely sweated err soldered to the pipe
What hallerb said is correct. However, considering your lack of knowledge
about how the faucet's attached to the pipe, I suspect that what he said is
beyond your understanding at this stage. I'd strongly suggest that you go to
a plumbing supply or real hardware store, take a faucet off the display and
ask someone to show you how to disassemble and rebuilt it. Otherwise, you
may have a trout pond in your basement next.
Have you looked at the pipe from the inside?
I doubt very much if the pipe terminates in the wall.
You think you actually twisted the whole pipe to bend it. Did you
feel it "give", resist turning and then pretty suddenly turn much more
easily? Was it harder to turn back than it had been to turn the first
time (not counting when it wouldn't turn at all)? Yeses to these
questions would be signs of twisting, if twisting is possible
Can you stick something into the hole from the inside of the house,
parallel to, next to, below the pipe. When you pull it out, is it
if it is a copper pipe that turned as much as 90 degrees, then I would
open that wall because a solder joint was probably bent and it could
result in a leak inside the wall and cause lots of damage if left to
run for a prolonged period.. and youll be able to just cut the old
pipe and faucet off and replace it..
This is why I like galvanized pipe instead of copper. I've seen this type of
thing happen too many times.
Anyway best to tear apart the wall and see what has happened inside. You
will sleep better.
And while wall torn apart, you can go ahead and replace the copper pipe with
galvanized to a certain point where you can clamp it to a stud. Maybe
install an elbow and go up a few inches with galvanized and clamp it down.
Then won't have to worry about this happening again!
I would look at this as a good learning experience. Can learn a bit about
plumbing. Redesigning things so they are easier to fix in the future. And a
bit of drywalling to boot.
This is the way repair goes. Sometimes you have a good day and things are
easy to fix - no problems. Other times one repair job which you think will
cost $10 turns out to be a $100 repair job! But I would rather spend the 2
cents ($100) and do it right.
"Dukester" wrote in message
And you think you'll find a repair book at a library? Oh you'll find the
best sellers, paperback historical romances, hand-puppets, video games, art
work, and discussion classes, but not repair books.
Heck, there's even one library (in Berkely, where else) where you can check
out tools such as gasoline post-hole diggers, compressors, paint-sprayers,
chain saws, scaffolding, ladders, etc.
But they don't have repair books either.
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