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Hose bibb leaking - looking to replace it

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Oct 20, 2011
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Hose bibb leaking - looking to replace it

The hose bibb from my garage is leaking. It only leaks when water is fully shut off at the hose bibb. Water does not leak if water is shut off from inside.

Are hose bibbs that turn on/off water with a lever better than the ones that turn on/off water with a dial?

Any reason why I shouldn't install one with a lever?

I have no plumbing or soldering experience. Should I hire a plumber to replace the hose bibb for me? Any idea what the cost would be?
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Jan 21, 2007
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Hi there I had this issue two or three years ago. Ended up just replacing the hosebib myself. I didn't end up going with ballnvalve but if I did it again I probably would. I've never soldered before but it was pretty easy. Just be sure there's no water in the pipe (I used bread) and the copper pipe is clean and shiny. I think I'm semi handy and would rate this job a 5/10 on difficulty scale. Hope this helps.
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Oct 20, 2011
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Toronto
Feebz13 wrote: Hi there I had this issue two or three years ago. Ended up just replacing the hosebib myself. I didn't end up going with ballnvalve but if I did it again I probably would. I've never soldered before but it was pretty easy. Just be sure there's no water in the pipe (I used bread) and the copper pipe is clean and shiny. I think I'm semi handy and would rate this job a 5/10 on difficulty scale. Hope this helps.
Thanks for the tip about the no water in pipe.

Do I cut the pipe leading to the existing hose bibb, then attach the new hose bibb by soldering it to the pipe?

I'm looking at getting something like this - https://www.amazon.ca/American-Valve-M7 ... KFAE&psc=1
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Feb 23, 2008
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Use your torch to sweat off the old hose bib. Pull off old bib with pliers. Use another plier to hold pipe while pulling off bib. Put flux on pipe and sweat on new bib. Be careful, it will burn you!

If new bib doesn't fit on pipe, use torch to melt off solder, or remove with sandpaper. Then add flux and solder bib onto pipe.
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Jun 12, 2007
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jcremer2007 wrote: Thanks for the tip about the no water in pipe.

Do I cut the pipe leading to the existing hose bibb, then attach the new hose bibb by soldering it to the pipe?

I'm looking at getting something like this - https://www.amazon.ca/American-Valve-M7 ... KFAE&psc=1
This valve from Amazon looks like 3/4" on the end that's soldered to your copper pipe. I'm pretty sure your pipe is 1/2" so you would have to either add a reducer or select a different valve that's 1/2".
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Nov 30, 2005
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I have a similar problem. My dial hose bib would leak ONLY when I am shutting it off and only for a short while. It does not leak when I'm turning it open. Both of my garden hose bibs do this so I'm thinking it's a design thing vice a defect. Anyone know the reason?
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ZxExN wrote: I have a similar problem. My dial hose bib would leak ONLY when I am shutting it off and only for a short while. It does not leak when I'm turning it open. Both of my garden hose bibs do this so I'm thinking it's a design thing vice a defect. Anyone know the reason?
The o'ring or packing is worn out and needs to be replaced.
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Oct 12, 2007
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The last time I lost a bibb due to a leak, I switch from copper to pex. My thinking was that the next time I have to do this, I won't need to solder. I find that free-proof bibbs don't last as long as the old bibbs did (in the days before anti-siphon valves).
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Nov 12, 2006
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Read the very first reply.

All the rest are like replacing the whole car because the tires are worn.
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arisk wrote: Read the very first reply.

All the rest are like replacing the whole car because the tires are worn.
Nothing wrong with a new car... just a heck of a lot more trouble and expense than needed.

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