Hose bib/spigot is secured in wall - removal

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Old 05-02-20, 10:33 AM
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Question Hose bib/spigot is secured in wall - removal

Hello, and thank you up front to everyone who contributes.
Hose bib needs replacing, but no plan survives first contact. Bottom line up front, assuming a standard practice was followed, how would a copper pipe to a hose bib be secured inside a brick/stud exterior wall? I pried on it hoping maybe a couple of bent nails, but that doesn't appear to be the case so stopped before I did any real damage.

Cut the copper off flush with the interior side of wall thinking to leave the most stub on the inside as possible, then pull a measurement through the brick, etc for the length of a can't freeze bib. Well when I tried to pull the bib off the wall, it's secured inside the wall. The pipe is on the back side of the water heater with maybe 12 inches of workspace after reaching around the water heater. I'm not sure if cutting the drywall away and trying to use a mirror is going to tell me anything helpful.
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With much thanks!
Ron
 
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Old 05-02-20, 11:03 AM
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I would remove some of the sheetrock to see the plumbing.
Without seeing the back side of the existing pipe there is no way to know how it's attached.

I'd consider abandoning that location and moving it where it can be worked on more easily,.
 
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Old 05-02-20, 11:16 AM
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Removing the water heater isn't too hard to do either, if you drain it first.
 
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Old 05-02-20, 12:49 PM
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Thanks. That was my original thought but time not being a crisis, decided to slow down and seek opinions. Brick exterior, Hate to add another hole "if" avoidable.
 
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Water heater. Yes, thanks. Also on the possible list. "But" with one post op torn rotator cup, the other needs surgery, and L4-L5 cartridge mostly gone, what used to be easy now gets second thoughts. I do appreciate the input.
 
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Bone Head - Short pipe Run in the Wall

Pulled a measurement and realized there is a small pipe run in the wall to move the bib away from the house "ell" junction. Did end up opening the wall, using a torch blanket and soldering in a new stub. Installed a SharkBite valve, used the old offset, and installed a SharkBite anti-backwash. And the !@#$ Sharkbite anti-backwash leaked! Oh fun. Got that taken care of, soldered on a copper female on the exterior and installed a screw-on ball valve. At least when it goes it will be simple to replace. Hope this may help someone else.

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Ron
 
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