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Old 01-31-2013, 10:11 AM   #1
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On the backside of my house, there is a faucet for a water hose that comes out of the wall. From the bottom of this connection, someone ran another water line, with another valve, out to the yard.


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There was a chain link fence here, that they used to keep animals in. I've taken down the fence, and decided to test the water. The line is busted somewhere under the concrete slab out in the yard. When I turn it on, water comes up from under the concrete.


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The picture above isn't that great, but if you look to the left of the flower pots, right near the concrete dust where I cut off the fence pole, you will see one of the faucets that they had.

Following the concrete down, there is another faucet. This one can be seen at the top of the photo here:


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I'm thinking that they ran the water pipe through the concrete. Water doesn't make it to either of the faucets in the yard. I have no interest in ever using these 2 faucets, or repairing them. I intend to remove them from the yard in the future.

My concern is this. What if the valve in the very first picture leaks, or is already leaking. I would never know because the pipe is broken under the concrete slab somewhere. I would like to cut the pipe off before the valve and cap it off somehow. How would you suggest I go about doing so.

I have never sweated pipe before, but I can braze weld rust holes in car panels like there is no tomorrow.


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Obviously, the two are different, but im not completely ignorant to the process.


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Follow that line back to where it comes from .
Shut off the main water, open the vale to relieve the pressure, cut the pipe with a tubing cutter, and just slip on a Shark Bite cap. No soldering needed.

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I am curious where the pipe exits the house, if you have access to it from under the house, that is where I would terminate it.
Less chance of freezing, will not be an eyesore sticking out of the wall.
Might consider installing a frost free hose bib there, looks like a deck and may be a good place to have a hose connection.
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I am curious where the pipe exits the house, if you have access to it from under the house, that is where I would terminate it.
Less chance of freezing, will not be an eyesore sticking out of the wall.
Might consider installing a frost free hose bib there, looks like a deck and may be a good place to have a hose connection.
Here's a better pic showing where it exits the wall.


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Amazing to me what's allowed to be done in differant areas of the country.
One of these would look a whole lot better then what you have now.
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Amazing to me what's allowed to be done in differant areas of the country.
One of these would look a whole lot better then what you have now.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...electedIndex=0
I agree, that would look alot better. Installing that would mean taking down sheet rock on the inside though to get access to the pipe.

I like the idea of the shark bite cap. Then I can just do away with the line out to the yard completely. Thanks for the info. I didn't even know something like this existed.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...1#.UQqgyTX9tok
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you might want to caulk where those two pipes go into the house...
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you might want to caulk where those two pipes go into the house...
Any particular reason, or is it just to keep bugs out?
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Amazing to me what's allowed to be done in differant areas of the country.
One of these would look a whole lot better then what you have now.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...electedIndex=0
I'm glad to see the government isn't in control of every move we make ( yet ).

So a freeze proof is installed. Who's going to dictate that the garden hose is disconnected each fall for winterizing? More government codes?
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Any particular reason, or is it just to keep bugs out?
Up here in Canada, it would be for keeping the weather out but yeah, I wouldn't want any bugs either - I guess the Texas varieties might be worse than ours
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If you've brazed sheet metal, you will have no problem sweating copper fittings. Prep is very important (cleaning and flux), but after that it practically solders itself. I'm sure there are tons of how-to s and videos online.

And in SE Texas, I'm thinking you probably don't need a freeze-proof faucet.
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If you've brazed sheet metal, you will have no problem sweating copper fittings. Prep is very important (cleaning and flux), but after that it practically solders itself. I'm sure there are tons of how-to s and videos online.

And in SE Texas, I'm thinking you probably don't need a freeze-proof faucet.
Thanks. Didn't think it was much different.

As for our winters, they last about 2 weeks and then we're back up to warm weather again. It was in the mid 70's today.

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Up here in Canada, it would be for keeping the weather out but yeah, I wouldn't want any bugs either - I guess the Texas varieties might be worse than ours
There are slots at the bottom of the bricks called weep holes. You can somewhat see them in the last photo I posted. The weather and bugs can get in there too.
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just cut it and cap it under the shutoff valve
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There are slots at the bottom of the bricks called weep holes. You can somewhat see them in the last photo I posted. The weather and bugs can get in there too.
I don't think weepholes go right through to the interior of the house like those pipes....
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just cut it and cap it under the shutoff valve
Picked up the cap last night. Home Depot didn't have any in stock, so I went to Lowes and got one called a Gator Bite cap.

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I don't think weepholes go right through to the interior of the house like those pipes....
Ah! Did not know that. I just assumed there was a small open space between the bricks and interior walls, lol.

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