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Leaking outdoor hose bib

I have an outside hose bib that is leaking. I just moved into my house so I can't tell you mutch about the plumbing. I noticed that when I turn on the water I could hear what sounded like water spraying against the wall inside the house. I put a hose on the bib and blocked the end and I noticed that there was water running out of an opening in the brick about 1 foot to the right of the hose bib. I removed the screws that hold the valve in place on the wall and pulled the pipe out about 2 inches. Again I turned the water on with the end of the hose blocked. Water ran out of the opening in the wall where the pipe comes through. It only does this when the valve on the bib is open. If I close the vale, all the water stops. I do not see a leak where the valve is connected to the copper pipe coming out of the wall. If the pipe had a hole in it, wouldn't it leak all the time? I am confused as to where the leak is and why it only leaks when the bib valve is open. Any advice would be appreciated.

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  • fnlyfree Jun 22, 2009

    One more question. My house is on a slab foundation. I can only pull the pipe about 2 inches out past the brick on the outside. Opposite of the pipe is one of my closets. I assume that I would have to cut a hole in the drywall and access the pipe that way. Is this correct?

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Ok this is an easy one.  you have what is called a  frost free hose bib.  this is split or has a hole in it after the seat.  the seat is inside the house wall.  you need to cut off the copper inside the house and replace the valve .  if it is not a solder joint than have someone hold back on the copper on the inside and you should be able to spin it off and replace it.  P.S if this is the case make sure you use T-tape on the threaded conection

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  • Cameron loker Jun 23, 2009

    that is correct .  what you can do to hide the hole is cut a hole the same size as an heating grate.  then when the work is done put a heating grate there if it happen again easy fix.

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