Replacing hose bibb on outdoor faucet


Old 05-15-14, 10:50 AM
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Replacing hose bibb on outdoor faucet


Both of my exterior hose bibb's are leaking so i want to replace them. My house has 1 inch copper pipe. Talking with my neighbors its my understanding it has to be soldered.

My questions are:

Should i get 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch hose bibb? I measured the pipe and its 1 inch diameter.

Do i need to get a hose bibb that can be soldered, or does it matter? Will a threaded one work?

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Old 05-15-14, 04:06 PM
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Possibly closer to 7/8" diameter? If so, it's probably 34" copper. Do you have a shut off inside the house? You will need to shut the water off to the valve either way, but it may be as easy as removing the handle, removing the gland or packing nut beneath it, removing the stem, taking it to your local hardware store or big box, getting a new grommet, and reassembling.
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You will still have to sweat a fitting to the pipe, for a threaded bib. I used a shark bite fitting once.
Old 05-15-14, 04:15 PM
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Agree with Pedro. But if you do want to replace it you can do either a solder or screwed hose bib. I prefer a screw type. But that means you need to solder on a male adapter. You could also use a gator bite fitting and not solder anything.
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Thanks for the replies. My water cut off at the valve at the bottom. Im going to hire a plumber to do this, but i want to buy the hose bibb and want to make sure i get the right one.
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Hi, Looks like 3/4 steps down to 1/2 hose bib. I think you measured the out side of the fitting not the inside of the pipe. But who cares you have a plumber coming and he will know. I would insist that he solder on a threaded adapter and screws in the new hose bib that way next time the hose bib fails all you have to do is shut off the water and screw in a new hose bib.
Good Luck Woodbutcher
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