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Old 01-28-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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Hey...i was about to rinse off the car with the old hose. I went to turn the outside valve (inside garage) on to let the water flow and i opened up the outside spigot and i got nothing. I thought the hose might have frozen over, so i detached it from the spigot and still no water.

Is it safe to assume that the water in the pipe between the valve and the spigot is frozen?

and how can i thaw this safely?

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Depends where you live and the location of the pipe leading to the exterior. I sometimes use my Old Lady's hairdryer.

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up in connecticut. the temps have been up and down. was near 55 yesterday and and mid 40's today. the pipe is about 18" between the valve and spigot
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Is it safe to assume that the water in the pipe between the valve and the spigot is frozen?
Ayuh,... Sounds reasonable to me,... Warm it to above 32 with both valves open....

When ya shut it down, leave the outside valve Open, 'n this won't happen.....
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ok im going to open up both and do some hair drying to see if this works.
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ok im going to open up both and do some hair drying to see if this works.
Watch leaks inside the wall cavity, you may have split the hose bib pipe.
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E-Plumber nailed it---the actual shut off washer is 12" inside your house---

The tube froze---the tube might well be split---it won't leak until you turn on the faucet---flooding the inside of the house.---inspect that tube ---
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You should never ever leave a hose attach in the winter time.
It will split and expand the housing.
If it's a freeze proof one the shut off is back inside the wall where it's warmer. Once you shut the water off there's no way for the water to drain out that's left in the tub that runs outside if the hose is left on.
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you guys will appreciate a good laugh. apparently i had a "moment".

It seems as i was preparing to blow dry the pipe with the valve and spigot open after waiting about 10s or so (which i didnt the first time) the water just started flowing on its own.

yes, it is true. i simply did not give the water enough time to reach the valve/spigot

car is clean now
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you guys will appreciate a good laugh. apparently i had a "moment".

It seems as i was preparing to blow dry the pipe with the valve and spigot open after waiting about 10s or so (which i didnt the first time) the water just started flowing on its own.

yes, it is true. i simply did not give the water enough time to reach the valve/spigot

car is clean now
just as well I don"t like to see homeowners using electirc appliances to thaw pipes if not sure how its going to affect them when water starts flowing.....
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just as well I don"t like to see homeowners using electirc appliances to thaw pipes if not sure how its going to affect them when water starts flowing.....
All blow dryers have a Ground Fault interrupter built into the plug. I would use the dryer or a torch but I wouldn't recommend using a torch if your not experienced.

Instruction to dryer users do not put dryer in the stream of water once it flows.

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