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Old 07-25-2012, 07:31 AM   #1
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Hi,

I live in a four year old 2 bed Barrett terrace house, and the outside tap on the rear wall has never worked. I can't see a special tap/knob under the sink to turn it on, and there is nothing else on the exterior of the house. Next door's seems to have worked from day one but not mine.

Does anyone have any ideas?

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Old 07-25-2012, 07:59 AM   #2
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...the outside tap on the rear wall has never worked.
I can't see a special tap/knob under the sink to turn it on.
Concrete slab or regular framing...
the pipe feeding the faucet will come INSIDE from there
and then proceed either down (98% of the time) or up (maybe 2%).

Well, it *could* run in the wall there but not for long...
at least not practically or as builders really prefer to do things.

Once down below the room level that pipe will run the shortest and straightest possible route to the next closest faucet... then in turn it will run the shortest and straightest possible route back to the primary incoming (service) point.

There is either a valve somewhere along that path which is turned off -like inside the cabinet with other pipes & valves- or the pipe was never connected to water at some point. The latter will happen... but not very often.


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Sounds exactly like my brother in laws house... except his wife will not let me drill a hole in the finished ceiling to find out where the d@mn pipe goes.
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I've arranged for a plumber to come out tomorrow to have a look. Barratt say if something was not connected as it should then to send them a plumbers report to get it fixed.

I'm praying it's a tiny hidden tap somewhere!
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I bet there's a gob of glue or a rock or something stuck in it.


I've even seen the washer and screw come dislodged from the stem and get stuck in there to where no water will come out.
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What worry's me though is that when I turn the tap completely on I hear nothing, no pressurised air or anything. Still, I'll see what the plumber says - hope he doesn't charge too much!
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Is this a condominium or coop where the back yard and also the outdoor faucets are supposed to be shared?

If you could apply suction to the open dry faucet you could get an idea of whether that faucet was indeed connected to nothing.

A shutoff valve is not supposed to be buried int he wall or ceiling.
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HA! We've got the same issue after moving into our house!
Turn the knob and nothing, no air hiss or anything.
Right behind the wall where the outside spigot is the master bathroom which was remodeled before we moved in. My guess was that they capped it off while working and never uncapped it.
I've got a guy coming out today to cut away a section of the drywall right behind the tub (adjacent closet) which is also right where that outside faucet should be as well. Hopefully where they capped it off is visible.
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Ended up being a $20 fix because my neighbor who is a retired plumber is awesome.
Here's what happened:
During the home inspection the inspector noted the spigot leaking so we had the seller replace it.
Apparently the crackpot he had replace it simply sawed the old freeze proof spigot off, soldered a new connection and spigot on, and then never bothered to pull out or open up the freeze valve.
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must be a valve or the line is capped or never connected.go inside so your looking at the wall the valve is on towards the yard..as it comes into the house toward you must tap right there...do you have exposed city water line coming in might be off that....
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Ended up being a $20 fix because my neighbor who is a retired plumber is awesome.
Here's what happened:
During the home inspection the inspector noted the spigot leaking so we had the seller replace it.
Apparently the crackpot he had replace it simply sawed the old freeze proof spigot off, soldered a new connection and spigot on, and then never bothered to pull out or open up the freeze valve.
I was half right. There WAS a washer and screw stuck in there.


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