How To Replace a Hose Bibb

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Step #1: Find the Connection Point

UPDATED: August 1, 2017

After watching your hose bibb leak all summer long, it may be the right time to replace it right before old man winter comes in to rob us of our joy. Most times, homeowners call up their local plumbing contractor to replace their frost proof hose bib because it looks too damn difficult. If you?re one of those homeowners, please read on. Hose Bibb replacement is not near as difficult as you think. Clearly, since you?re here, you know the definition of a hose bibb. However, to recap, it?s simply your outside spigot. As a result, we completed out first step together which is knowing what this hose is!

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Here is the reason; too often, water sits inside the piping leading to the hose bib. If water is present and it does freeze, the water will free itself by expanding and bursting the piping. This is why so many hose bibbs are replaced during the first thaw, not because there?s a kink, loose bolt or screw. The homeowner doesn?t know their water line has split because it?s been frozen for 3 months. Without knowing what causes the problem, they won?t understand how to winterize pipes. As the water warms, the leak becomes visible.

MIP (Male Iron Pipe) Connection ? The threads on the end of sillcock are exposed, and they would thread into a FIP (Female Iron Pipe) adaptor at the connection point.

MIP (Male Iron Pipe) Connection ? The threads on the end of sillcock are exposed, and they would thread into a FIP (Female Iron Pipe) adaptor at the connection point.

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FIP (Female Iron Pipe) Connection ? The threads at the end of the sillcock are on the inside so there would be a MIP adapter soldered at the connection point and the sillcock would screw onto the adapter.

FIP (Female Iron Pipe) Connection ? The threads at the end of the sillcock are on the inside so there would be a MIP adapter soldered at the connection point and the sillcock would screw onto the adapter.

You have to find the connection point between the water supply and the sillcock. If you have an unfinished basement, this is usually pretty easy. You can look where the hose bibb is on the outside of the house and then go into the basement and approximate where it ties in inside the house.

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There is enough room to shorten the hose bibb and include a shut off valve

To make it easier on yourself, you can use windows or landmarks or bring a tape measure to hit it right on the nose. If your basement is finished with a drop ceiling, you?ll have to pop a few ceiling tiles to find the connection. It?s when you have a drywall ceiling that things can get interesting. Obviously in this case you want to use a tape measure and be as exact as possible to minimize the ceiling opening.

A frost-proof hose bib comes in several different connection types. By connection types I mean the hose bib has to connect to the water supply in some way. Those connection types are as follows:

Step #1: Find the Connection Point

Sweat MIP Adapter

Step #2: What Kind of Connection Do You Have?

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