Outdoor faucet won't tighten

Old 08-27-00, 12:28 PM
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My outdoor faucet is high use, and now seems worn out. I changed faucet handle - no improvement, so the problem is deeper. Can the square piece be replaced without an entire new assembly? Do it myself? Or call the plumber?
Old 08-27-00, 01:19 PM
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Sounds like you need to replace it, if it's worn out. What type of hose bib is it? Regular? Frost-proof? Soldered or threaded on? Can you get to the back of it (crawlspace?) to see how it's connected to the water pipe? You should be able to replace it easily. Good Luck!
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Why fight it? A new hose bibb runs $4 to $6 (more if it's frost-free), and if you were lucky enough to find a replacement stem, it would be at least that much. Like OldGuy said, figure out EXACTLY what type of bibb you are dealing with (1/2" or 3/4", male or female threads, straight, no-kink, frost-free, etc.) and replace it.

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