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Old 01-24-2009, 04:07 PM   #1
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The spigot on the outside of my house has just started spraying water from behind the siding. I'm just wondering if this is something that I could potentially fix myself or if I need to call a plumber. Any thoughts are appreciated!

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depends,,,is the thing screwed on or sweated on?? Can you get to the backside to either screw it or sweat it?? If its froze and expanded till it split,you CAN force it together and solder it. BUT better choice is a frostproof that goes inside many inches,like 9 or 12" or so!! If it isnt,,,probably a real OLD style . need I say more?? Are you comfy doing it? Isnt very hard but sweating copper isnt a place to learn in a crowded cant barely reach , can ALMOST see it crawl space. More info needed, copper,galvanized plastic or pex behind it for water line??

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The spigot on the outside of my house has just started spraying water from behind the siding. I'm just wondering if this is something that I could potentially fix myself or if I need to call a plumber. Any thoughts are appreciated!
The first thing you should do is get to the shutoff valve for the spigot.

Then, you can take your time for the post mortem.
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depends,,,is the thing screwed on or sweated on?? Can you get to the backside to either screw it or sweat it?? If its froze and expanded till it split,you CAN force it together and solder it. BUT better choice is a frostproof that goes inside many inches,like 9 or 12" or so!! If it isnt,,,probably a real OLD style . need I say more?? Are you comfy doing it? Isnt very hard but sweating copper isnt a place to learn in a crowded cant barely reach , can ALMOST see it crawl space. More info needed, copper,galvanized plastic or pex behind it for water line??
Well... I would love to answer all those questions, but my 1st problem is that my house is vinyl siding and it goes into the siding. Second is that the pipe does not go under my house in a crawl space. Instead it goes straight into the house and into a bedroom closet. That's where the water shut-off is and all I can see is the shut-off valve. Any advice for getting beyond the siding without permanently damaging it? Then maybe I could give you more info on the pipe material and its connections.
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Vinyl siding is a very temporay building material. You can a get tool at a hardware store or a big box to remove the siding panels. They can replaced reasonably well later.
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and all I can see is the shut-off valve. Any advice
Ayuh,... Got a Picture,..??

As long as the water is turned off at that valve,... You're safe til spring...

For that matter,... If you had turned that valve Off last fall,+ left the outside spigot open,...
You wouldn't have this problem Now....

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