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pineapple

08:51PM | 06/23/07
Member Since: 06/23/07
2 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I have a frost free outdoor faucet. Recently, I noticed a slight leaking upon shutting the valve off. I followed the advice from your video about removing the insides of the faucet. However, upon following instructions it wasn't that easy. Matter of fact the insides would not come free to be able to change the rubber washers. Am I doing something wrong? or does the whole faucet need to be replaced?

Sylvan

09:37AM | 06/24/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1522 lifetime posts
Me_office1
A slight dripping is normal after shutting off a frost prof hose bib, If the water continues to drip then the hose bib (depending on age and condition) should be replaced if it is difficult to repair as time is worth something.

I have a few older homes in this area and IF there is a shut off valve prior to the outside one I tell the people just put a new garden hose with a hose nozzle and use the frost proof hose bib and don't worry about it and in the winder remove the hose shut off the valve controlling the out side bib and open the frost proof to make sure it drains.

This way they can salvage it and use it like a regular type

pineapple

07:25AM | 06/25/07
Member Since: 06/23/07
2 lifetime posts
I would like to change the inside of the bib since valve wheel fitting is stripped. Do you have any advice on how to remove the inside assembly of the bib or does the entire bib need to be replaced?

Billhart

08:17AM | 06/25/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
If you can find the same brand, style, and LENGHT you MIGHT be able to swap just the stem if they have not changed any fo the details.

Remove the stem as if you where going to replce the washer. Then remove the stem from the new one and put in the other.

If they are different then you will need to replace the whole unit.

In some cases they are screwed into a copper fitting and the whole assemble can be unscrewed.

But in other cases they are solder or screwed into plastic fittings.

In the latter cases you need access to where the unit connects to the house plumbing to change it out.
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