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2 Methods to Replace a Hose Bib

Plumbergranville Hose BibOne of the many features you have to prep for winter in your home is your outdoor tap and hose bib. Using a winter-proof hose bib will save you the hassle of having to turn off the water supply for outdoor pipes during winter in fear that the stagnant water in the spigot might cause the pipe to burst. If you do not already have a frost-free hose bib, here are simple ways to replace your hose bib:

Method #1 Threaded Joint
If you are lucky that you have a threaded joint, fixing the tap would not be such a hardship. You will be done with it in 2 simple steps.

Step 1: Shut off water supply.
Utilise the shut off valve and cut off water supply for the area of the damaged pipe or to the pipe itself. Drain the stuck water inside the pipe by letting the tap run after you have cut off the supply.

Step 2: Change the old bib.
Hold the copper pipe in place with a wrench. Using a backup wrench, twist the adaptor lose. Put Teflon tape over the thread of the pipe. Screw on the new hose bib the same way you removed the old one. While pinning the copper pipe in place with one wrench, use the backup wrench to tighten the new one.

Method #2 Soldered Joint
Some pipes, such as copper, are not made to be screwed rather they should be soldered. Now, if you have this kind of material in your plumbing system, you should consider another way to put up your hose bib since screwing it in won’t work.

Step 1: Shut off water supply.
Disconnect the area where you have to fix the new bib in. This is in preparation for the soldering you will do later on and also to prevent making a mess in your backyard.

Step 2: Unscrew the old bib.
Using two wrenches, one to hold the pipe in place and the other to unscrew the adaptor from the pipe, dismantle the assembly.

Step 3: Drain the pipe.
You can vacuum the pipe using a jet swet tool.

Step 4: Remove the old adapter.
Using a propane torch, disconnect the adapter that is soldered on to the pipe. Jerk the adapter a few times after the joint is heated and it should come off easily enough.
If you have a pretty long pipe space, you can go ahead and saw the old adaptor off and replace it with the new one. If not, you have to disconnect the old adapter first and use the space underneath it for the new one.

Step 5: Cleaning the pipe.
Pull the adaptor from the pipe and clean the pipe’s exterior. Apply copper pipe flux on the area you are going to fit the new bib on.

Step 6: Solder the new parts.
Put on the male adapter. Heat it up to join the two pieces.

Step 7: Cool.
Leave the pieces to cool after soldering for a few moments.

Step 8: Finish up.
Wrap the pipe thread with Teflon tape. Twist on the new bib using two pairs of wrench since you need to hold the base of the pipe with one wrench as to not twist it around in the wall and the other to screw in the new bib. Apply sealant on the wall where the wall meets the pipe so you don’t risk ants, insects or moisture coming in through the gaping hole.

Step 9: Check.
Turn on the water, check for leaks and check if the new hose bib works.