How to Replace a Hose Bib

You have a hose bib that has seen better days. Maybe it got chipped or broke during a hard freeze. If this happens, you should replace your hose bib to keep leaks to a minimum. Following the instructions below will help you to replace the hose bib with little effort.

Tools and Materials Needed for Copper Hose Bibs

  • Pipe wrench
  • Propane torch
  • Flame shield
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Face mask
  • Screwdriver (standard)
  • Screwdriver (Phillips)
  • T-Wrench
  • Liquid soap
  • Copper solder

Tools and Materials Needed for PVC Hose Bibs

  • Plumbers wrench
  • Screwdriver (standard)
  • Screwdriver (Philips)
  • T-Wrench
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Plumber's tape or PVC sealant
  • Liquid soap

Step 1: Prepare Site for Removal

Turn off the water supply to the hose bib. Typically, this is done by shutting off the water at the main for your home. If there is a shutoff valve at the base of the hose bib assembly, it will be down the pipe from the faucet valve. Turn off the water from this shut off valve if it exists. Turn on the faucet after water is shut off to drain any water left in the line.

Step 2: Remove the Hose Bib

Locate the two screws that hold the hose bib to the hose. Turn counter clockwise to release the screws.

  • Copper: place the flame shield between the copper pipe and the part of the home that would be exposed to the torch flame. Turn on and ignite the torch and heat the solder to remove the bad pipe. Once the solder is soft use the pipe wrench to work the pipe out.
  • PVC: Use the pipe wrench to turn the hose bib counterclockwise and release it from the PVC pipe. Pull out the fitting once it has been loosened.

Step 3: Installing Replacement Hose Bib

Insert the new hose bib into the pipe.

  • Copper: once the replacement hose bib is in place, re-solder the connection between the copper pipe and the hose bib, making sure that you have put the flame shield up and that you make a complete solder joint around the perimeter of the hose and the bib.
  • PVC: Use the pipe wrench to attach the new hose bib to the PVC pipe. You can use some sealant to keep the two parts together or use plumber's tape as a gasket between the parts to eliminate leaking.

Step 4: Finish the Project

Make sure that the water faucet is shut off. Rub a generous amount of liquid soap over the connection you made between the hose and the new hose bib. After you are sure it is closed, go back to either the shut off valve or the main water source and turn the water back on. Inspect the connection to ensure that no bubbles are being formed from the connection. If you do find bubbles that means you have a water leak and you need to shut off the water and either add sealant to the PVC connection or add more solder to the copper connections.