I'm re-siding my house and pre-planning what to do at the garden faucet. The current one is copper soldered to a copper pipe. I'll be taking that apart to add a short stub, so the faucet comes through a mounting block. My question is about the rattling loose supply pipe.... should I do anything to anchor it? The pipe rattles about in the wall as much as the hole through the sheathing allows, which is a fair bit. There are no mounting holes cast in the body of the faucet. As I said, I'll be desoldering the faucet anyway to stub it out a short way during the siding project. I suppose I could swap the faucet for one with mouning holes. Is that enough? Of do ya'll think I should get into the wall cavity to tie down the pipe itself? Thanks for your thoughts.
If I'm reading correctly, you have a copper pipe that extrudes through the sheathing of the wall and then a faucet/sill cock soldered to the copper pipe. The copper pipe rattling/moving about through a hole in the sheathing will eventually lead to a hole in the copper pipe, period. IF you have a crawl space under the home and can access it easily, I would find a way to secure the copper pipe underneath the home. It may be as simple as attaching a piece of 2 x 4 perpendicular to an existing floor joist, then using the proper strap to secure the copper pipe to the 2 x 4. IF you can, also adding a piece of foam pipe insulation around the copper pipe and letting it extend through the sheathing would not hurt either. A sill cock with mounting holes may work, but what would you insert the screws into, your new siding, which is what? Good Luck, David