Outside Sillcock, I messed it up, please help.
In the front of my house I have always had a Spigot (what I called em) with the water pressure dial knocked off long ago.. So I just didn't use it much. It leaked profusely so I had bought a small attachment with a lever for turning it off.. Without leaks.. That seemed to work for years.
Today I was wanting to fix it right.. So I went to Home Depot.. Described it as above, and ended up leaving with a Sillcock replacement, a tube of Pipe Joint Compound, and a main key for turning off my main water while I did this fix.
It all made sense as described at the Depot, because my existing spigot (Sillcock) was actually coming out of mortar between our rock wall.. Just looking at the new Sillcock, I could tell that I could twist that whole unit right off the pipe.. And put a new one on..
All this was based on my assumption that the pipe came all the way out of the rock wall and I had a threading on the end of that pipe.
I loosened it.. Completely took it off I think, but quickly realized the existing Sillcock was permanently connected to a pipe that must have turned with the unit as I was loosening it.
I think I've basically disconnected a pipe within my interior wall.. I turned the main on a little bit and hear water in the wall :(
What am I looking at with this kind of mistake? I have left the main water supply off for now.. But need to get if fixed pronto.
Please let me know what kind of things will have to be done.. Will they have to cut into the interior wall now?
Thanks in advance,
What did the end look like?
if threaded, you might be able to screw a new piece in. If not threaded, then it's soldered. You'll have to locate and expose where THAT piece of pipe/tube connected. You will prob want to go into the wall on the interior side. Once exposed take digital pictures and go to a dedicated plumbing supply house (not HD). Show them the picture and explain what happened.
Most thread joints will have at least 1 or 2 threads showing. A soldered joint will obviously have NO threads. If soldered, purchase some 3/4 inch copper pipe, a some fittings and practice your soldering. Maybe buy a plumbing book that shows how to repair existing copper pipe. It's not extremely difficult to do, and even sloppy soldering will hold well. After soldering, look at the solder joint. Make sure there are NO VOID areas. If this seems to daunting, contact a plumber to do the work.
Fire guard fabric or thin sheet metal to protect wood from heat
Fire extinguisher/Spray bottle of water (no burning of the house)
When adding up the cost of DIY, it's sometimes easier to call a pro. They have the expertise and tools to do the job right the first time.