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Options if shut off valve is covered up?

Posted by drymanhattan (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 14, 13 at 2:16

I discovered an outside faucet that would be very useful. Nothing comes out of it now, and i can't locate a valve to open it. But I do have a vague recollection of a valve on the wall inside the adjacent room -- that is now completely covered by a built in bookcase! Believe me when I say I can't tear open the bookcase to pursue this hunch. Please tell me what other options I have! Thanks.

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RE: Options if shut off valve is covered up?

If the faucet is attached to the house, i would think the shut off valve would be in the crawl space or in the basement. If in fact the shut off valve is inside a wall it could cause a lot of damage if a leak ever developed. Maybe some one else will be along with a better idea of what to do.

RE: Options if shut off valve is covered up?

There is no crawl space because we're on a slab.

RE: Options if shut off valve is covered up?

If you want to use the facuet your option is to tear in from outside to see what needs to be done. From your skimpy discription,I assume it is a frostproof facuet coming through a brick wall. I would expect the supply to come out of slab through bottom wall plate within 6" right or left of facuet. I wouldn't expect to find a valve in the wall unless someone added it after house was built. A shot in the dark is that the facuet froze because a hose was left attached in cold weather. The wall was cut from inside to alow capping the supply and repair was never completed.

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