What would you do if some dumb guy (in this case, me) left a hosepipe
connected to a faucet with a frost-free bib and it was currently the
middle of winter?
Would you say,
(1) "there is a possibility of the fixture cracking and causing an
in-the-wall leak when spring rolls around, so pray that it does not
happen or at least keep a look out for it"
(2) "There is a very high probability of the fixture cracking and
causing an in-the-wall leak, so let me use a torch now to thaw the ice
in the hosepipe and in the connection so that I can disconnect the
hosepipe and pull out the stem. Then I will turn off the connection to
the main water supply so that it cannot leak in Spring. Once spring
arrives I will simply reinsert a new stem, reopen the connection and
Bob's your uncle - all set."
(3) The same as (2) above except with the last sentence being "Once
spring arrives I will need to open the drywall so that I can replace
the whole fixture. The trauma of cutting a whole in the drywall will
make it difficult for me to ever forget to disconnect the hosepipe