Terms of the Trade: What Is a Hose Bib? Terms of the Trade: What Is a Hose Bib?

If you're a gardener or you water plants in your front yard on a regular basis, you've probably used a hose bib countless times and not even known it. A hose bib is the faucet you'll find outside your home (probably at about knee-height) attached to an exterior wall. It's threaded to connect your garden hose to a water source. One of the more common problems a homeowner will have with the hose bib, also known as an outside spigot, is leaking. If you live in an area with exceptionally cold weather, you're likely familiar with the process of shutting off the water flow to the bib to prevent flooding and freezing pipes every winter.

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