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Old 05-02-2010, 09:25 PM   #1
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Cracked Hose Bibb, No Interior Access

I have an exterior hose bibb that has a crack in the threads where the valve stem screws into the body. It leaks from this joint. I "repaired" it about a year ago by using plumber's tape, but now it is leaking again. There is no interior access to the back of the hose bibb without ripping-up a wall. Does anybody have an idea as to to get this hose bibb to stop leaking?
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:06 AM   #2
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You are out of luck!!! Any thing can be done of course--brazing and retapping the hole--

However--that's not practical.--Get your self a new frost proof hose bib--and a shut off for the line and open the plaster.---Mike---


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I second o'mike.
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I would take out the two screws holding the flange of the valve. Go into the basement and loosen the pipe straps holding the pipe feeding the valve. You might get lucky and be able to pull the valve out enough to cut it off and attach a new one without breaking the wall.
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That doesn't look like a frost-proof to me.

It should be a simple fix really. If you take the screws out there should be movement in the piping, IE : if you pull on it, it should pull away from the wall 2-3 inches. That will give you access to the male pipe thread adapter behind it. Hold onto the MPT adapter and unscrew the hose-bibb. Reverse process to install a new one. P.S. put some vice grips or something very gently on the pipe behind the MPT adapter if possible to prevent it from sucking into the wall after you pull off the old hose-bibb.
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