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    Default Outside water faucet

    I have a outside water faucet and it takes channel locks to shut it down. I am a first time home buyer and would like to know do I need to replace it or can I fix it somehow.Because I'm worried next time I try to use then shut down its not gonna shut down. Also will this information be emailes or come back to your site. Thanks for your respone.

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    Default Re: Outside water faucet

    Replace the hose bib, and have some peace of mind.

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    Default Re: Outside water faucet

    Ditto what DJ said, and you need to return to the forum to read the responses. you can set your profile for email notification of responses, but you'll need to return to see them.

    If you are at all handy, replacing a hose bib is an easy-peasy thing to do. Turn off the water main, unscrew old bib, apply 15 to 20 wraps of teflon tape to threads, apply a dab of pipe thread dope around the entire threaded area, and install new bib. Tighten bib by hand, then give 1 to 2 full turns with a wrench. Turn on the main and test your work. If no leaks, you're done and good to go. If there is a leak, tighten the bib 1 turn more with the wrench (no need to turn off main for this ). Repeat as necessary until no leak. Wipe off any excess pipe dope when you're finished.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Outside water faucet

    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    Ditto what DJ said, and you need to return to the forum to read the responses. you can set your profile for email notification of responses, but you'll need to return to see them.

    If you are at all handy, replacing a hose bib is an easy-peasy thing to do. Turn off the water main, unscrew old bib, apply 15 to 20 wraps of teflon tape to threads, apply a dab of pipe thread dope around the entire threaded area, and install new bib. Tighten bib by hand, then give 1 to 2 full turns with a wrench. Turn on the main and test your work. If no leaks, you're done and good to go. If there is a leak, tighten the bib 1 turn more with the wrench (no need to turn off main for this ). Repeat as necessary until no leak. Wipe off any excess pipe dope when you're finished.
    That will all work provide it's not soldered on. I have seen many homeowners twist the copper off thinking the faucet was threaded on.

    John

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    Default Re: Outside water faucet

    I have never seen an exterior faucet soldered on, but I guess stranger things, right? And true, a little common sense does need to be employed when doing home repairs.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Outside water faucet

    You might try just replaceing the washer instead of the entire bib.

    Jack
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