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Question DetailsAsked on 5/24/2016

how much it cost to solder a copper tube or a garden faucet

or how much a cost to solder a tube

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Sounds like you may have a split outer tube ona frostless faucet - causes by freezing of water trapped in the faucet, normally by leaving the hose on over the winter.

Repairing a split in a pipe like this is NOT a good idea - especially if that is what happened, the leak would be inside the house. Replacement of the faucet would be recommended - frostless/freeze resistant faucet typically $30-70 for a reputable brand (or go with $5 chinese special from WalMart if you like in-house water displays), plus typically minimum service charge to change it out, assuming decent access. Depending on your local, minimum labor charge might range from $75 range in very low cost areas to up toi $300 in extremely high labor cost union controlled areas - typically more in the $100-150 range.

This does not include any cost to repair and repaint drywall if it is necessary to cut into a wall to access it - connection point typically 6-12 inches inside the wall from the actual faucet handle.

Good idea to make a point in the fall to remove the hose and drain the faucet, then put on an insulated bonnet or cover, even if you have a frostless faucet - because if it leaks just a tad the weater will freeze at the outlet without a cover, causing the pressure to build up and potentially burst the faucet.

I would also have them put a shutoff valve in line just before the connection of the frostless faucet and put a threaded fitting there, so if it starts failing/leaking you can turn it off easily without turning off the water to the whole house, and the threaded fitting so you can change it out yourself in the future. Of course, shutoff has to be accessible, if in a wall.

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