Replace a Hose Bib with a Frost Proof Hose Bib: Part 1

What You'll Need
Replacement hose bib

If you have had your hose bib for many years, then you may be ready to replace it with a newer version which is frost-proof. A hose bib can be made out of three different types of material, from the galvanized pipe, copper soldered pipe, and the more modern variety, which is generally made to be maintenance free and uses a type of ceramic seal which does not wear out at all. These types of hose bib are considered to be more resistant to the frost than their more traditional relatives. In this part of the guide to replacing your hose bib, you will learn how to drain the water from the pipe, cut out the old hose bib pipe, then remove the old bib and fittings.

Step 1 - Shut Off the Water

In order to replace the hose bib, you will need to shut off the water for the mains supply of your home. This is usually to be found on the outside of your home, perhaps in the crawl space or similar location. Turn the mains supply off, using your wrench and making sure to tighten it as tight as possible. When the water is turned off, you will need to be able to run the water along the pipe so that it is empty as possible. Run the tap which your hose bib is connected to in order to empty the drain.

Step 2 - Cutting the Supply Pipe

You will then need to cut the supply pipe. It is a good idea to cut down the pipe around 5 inches from the edge of the bib, making sure that you include all of the fittings and attachments which come with the hose bib. You should be able to cut the supply pipe around with just a hacksaw or a similar blade. Cut this off by moving the hacksaw around the edge of the pipe. By cutting through both sides of the pipe, you should then be able to remove the supply pipe from the hose bib by simply pulling it off. It should slide out easily, and you can remove it and place it on one side.

Step 3 - Removing the Hose Bib

Once the supply pipe has been chopped through, you will need to be able to cut out the hose bib and take it out of the space. The pipe should snap off, but if you find that it has been screwed into place, you may need to tighten it into a suitable location. Once you have positioned yourself to be able to remove the hose bib, you have achieved the most complicated part of the procedure, and if you have screws or anything which need to be sorted out, you can simply do this with an ordinary flat-head screwdriver.