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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If I needed to replace this bibb, is it as simple as shutting off the water, then one wrench to hold on to the pipe nearest to the wall, and one on the hex part of the bib and twist?

Thinking of replacing it with one with a ball valve. Any recommendations?
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goob3r wrote: If I needed to replace this bibb, is it as simple as shutting off the water, then one wrench to hold on to the pipe nearest to the wall, and one on the hex part of the bib and twist?

Thinking of replacing it with one with a ball valve. Any recommendations?
That bibb is soldered onto the copper pipe sticking out of the wall.
You can also just change the stem or replace the washer and o-ring.

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/moen-e ... 1000515318
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pootza wrote: That bibb is soldered onto the copper pipe sticking out of the wall.
You can also just change the stem or replace the washer and o-ring.

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/moen-e ... 1000515318
Thanks will need to look more into this.

Is the cartridge then the part that is essentially left of the where the hose connects? That can be wrenched off?
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I used Sharkbite Sillcocks for the Garage and the back. Easy no need for soldering. Good for limited access or finished space.
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goob3r wrote: Thanks will need to look more into this.

Is the cartridge then the part that is essentially left of the where the hose connects? That can be wrenched off?
To the left of the blue handle is a nut which you would unscrew and the whole stem will come out. The valve should be partially open when you do this so it's doesn't bind. The Emco laundry stem is the same stem they use in all their stops and bibbs back in the day. You may be able to get it cheaper at another store if you shop around online.
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Blackjack wrote: Just attach this valve to your hose bib and problem solved.
I used this valve on my own bib and it works just fine.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/stra ... 3706p.html



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I like this...virtually zero work. Might buy a washer and this, and if the washer don't fix it, I'll put this on. Thanks
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gr8dlr wrote: I like this...virtually zero work. Might buy a washer and this, and if the washer don't fix it, I'll put this on. Thanks
Not if the o'ring is shot and it's leaking out by the handle.
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pootza wrote: Not if the o'ring is shot and it's leaking out by the handle.
It was a slow drip out of the spout. I have to replace the handle as well. Need to go take pic and then go to HD/Cdn Tire to find replacement.
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