Re: Outdoor Water faucet problem
Posted by Terry Love on February 17, 2002 at 13:42:53:
In response to Re: Outdoor Water faucet problem

: The Woodford outdoor wall faucet (looks like model 17) will only turn about 3/4 turn and therefore does not have a lot of pressure. Last summer I am sure it turned about two full turns like the other one on our house. I am wondering if this could be related to a freeze problem, I am sure the hose has always been disconnected.

: I don't think it is leaking but I cannot see the faucet or the pipe connecting to it because it is a finished basment. The basement was finished last year and this is the first winter with the finished basement, and I am wondering if maybe the faucet or the connecting pipe could have become cold enough to freeze since it is on the cold side of the drywall whereas previous to the basement refinish the pipe was in the warm air in the basement.

: Any ideas as to what the problem is, how to remedy it and should I be concerned about the possibility that the limited turn of the handle could be related to any damage from freezing which could mean an unknown leak behind the drywall???

The mechanicals should be frost proof, assuming that the hose was not attached during cold spells. When insulating a wall, the insulation should be between the outside and the water piping. If insulation is between the heated home and the pipe, it will freeze.
If the faucet is currently in a frozen state, you will need to defrost it, using a hair dryer. Too much heat and you can light up your house. Firemen love big fires.
The Woodford can be worked on from the handle end. Keep in mind, that if you can't reassemble the faucet right, you will need to replace it. That would mean cutting the drywall to work on it from the interior of the home. Terry

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