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I would bet the pipe IS blocked and the previous owner or his handyman opened up the pipe to get it to drain into the yard. You need to have someone figure out where this line is going (maybe with an inspection camera) and clear it if the output is proper. Most likely it is clogged with roots and soil.
Probably you should just replace all the hoses as well as the manifold, if the hoses are so set/stiff with age that they cannot be moved. That tends to be a step on the path to cracking and leaking. One big repair .vs. lots of smaller repairs over time. You could try dunking the whole mess in hot water or using a hair dryer/heat gun to warm them up and make ...
Worst case you can cut them then get a short length of hose and use these http://brasscomponents.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Barbed-Brass-Hose-Coupler.jpg. You could also use a dental pick to shove some lubricant (dish soap) into the space between the hose and the manifold that might loosen it up.
You will need two wrenches, one to hold the pipe coming out of the brick to prevent it from turning, and the other to unscrew the log-lighter "air mixing" fitting (the fitting has an adjustable flap that controls the amount of air pulled into the lighter pipe to allow for optimal flame). WD-40 or any other penetrating oil might help, and I would use pipe ...
I used a thermographic camera to detect pipes in my house. Let the hot or cold water run for 2-3 minuttes, and the pipes heats/cools the wall very slightly. This is very visible on even the cheapest thermographic cameras.
If you don't want to do the insulation for some reason, I would recommend a gutter system. Rather than enclose one pipe in another, run a "tray" underneath the pipe. This is much, much easier to implement and maintain. You could use rain gutters designed for the edges of roofs. Or, for more flexibility with connectors, I suppose you could slice PVC ...
You should wrap the pipes with lengths of foam pipe insulation. Both the hot and cold sides.
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