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    Plumbing question.

    Hi folks,

    Well we opened up the wall and have a glitch. The outside tap is in the way and while re-routing the pex plumbing is not problem, we're wondering what to do about the brass pipe that leads to the tap. The pipe is about 3" too long.. we won't be able to get the tank in the wall unless we can do something about this. Not sure if they sell these pipes shorter or...?
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    looks like it may be an anti-freeze faucet, especially where you live :b2: it keeps the valve inside the house so it can't freeze and crack the pipe, causing a flood. ( they happen for other reasons, mostly human error :b13: )

    any chance you can relocate it and fill the hole??
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    We could possibly move it up but the hole outside is about 8"x8" covered with a piece of painted plywood. If we move it we'd have a big blank square on the wall, not the end of the world but would rather not have that if possible..
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    it's not copper pipe, is it?? ( more of fixture )

    is there a shut off valve inside near the fixture??

    i think it is all part of the valve, so you'll have to either move it or the tank.
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    im confused at where that pipes going? you want to move that copper pipe? If its what i think it is it will be easy. just explain more and i will help!

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    i believe it goes to the tap outside of the house, if it were simply copper tube it could be cut and an elbow soldered in but it looks like a brass fixture. in cold climates the outside faucet has a very long valve stem ( 6" or so )so the actual valve is well inside the house to prevent a pipe burst due to freezing.



    maybe i am wrong...........
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    Sorry I haven't replied sooner. It is a brass 'anti-freeze' pipe and it is appx 8 or 9 inches as it goes through the wall hard to tell exactly.
    It looks like the image you posted a4twenty.
    My other option is to slide the tank down but this means in order to center it along the entire length of the wall, about 1" would have to be behind the furnace and would make maintenance on that end a nightmare. At this point the easiest option would be to have the tank not centered.. which will bug me.. lol
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    well only you can make the decision but if it were me, the tap would go ( worry about in the spring ) and the tank would be installed where i want.

    down here in the south :b2: we just use copper pipe and have a shut off valve inside the house as well as one outside. so when winter comes we shut off the water inside the house then open the tap outside. not sure about the code up there but this would work too and allow for you to install an elbow just inside the house and take the pipe directly up.
    just an idea....
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    That's the way the outside tap at our old house was installed. We had it freeze the first year we were there and had to replace it :|
    Good idea with removing it and worrying about it in the spring.. hadn't thought of it!
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    Get rid of it and reinstall it elsewhere. I would think it would be less of a hassle to connect your garden hose somewhere else outside then mess up tank plans to cater to an outdoor faucet.These can be purchased in sizes ranging from 6" to 24" long. Most stores carry them between 8 - 14". When they are installed, they must have a downward slope to make certain any remaining water sitting in the brass housing will naturally drain out when the valve is closed.
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