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Old 02-11-2012, 12:21 PM   #16
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Hi Plummen,

You made me felt that I am the stupidest guy in the world. Even if the handle screw was worn out, I can take out the whole thing that easy. Oh my goodness.

The spindle is out. I am driving to Lowe's to buy the replacement.

Thx all for the hints. No soldering and flame.
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:22 PM   #17
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Ive done worse things,trust me ive been doing this a while!
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:33 PM   #18
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Now that its out put one end of the handle in a bench vise and grab on to the screw head with a pair of vise grips and see if you can turn it out that way.
then you can grab a package of the rope style packing and put a couple twists of it around the stem before reinstalling the cap and handle.
then youll have a completel rebuilt faucet.
Yet another option is to find a new stem that fits the valve and a new handle then just hacksaw the handle off the old stem so you can reuse the cap,just install some of that rope style packing before reinstalling the cap.
Lots of options here for ya
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Hey Plummen, my tired old eyes decieved me the first time around. I didn't see the flats of the hex at the inlet to the hosebib. I was giving myself a huge AW **** when I saw all the replies, especially from MR. Holzman, but upon looking at the pictures again I actually lucked out in my prognosis. This was a hack job, probably by an uninformed homeowner trying to save a few bucks. There's 3/4" copper coming out of the wall that is sweat to a 3/4" male adapter and that adapter was supposed to be taped and/or doped and then the hosebib was to be tightened onto the male threads. However whoever put this together put solder paste on both sets of threads, tightened everything up and used solder to further seal the hose bib to the copper. They probably didn't take the guts out of the bib before they soldered it either, so any rubber or packing is shot as well. The easiest would to rebuild the the bib, in place, but if a new one is preferred just sweat the male adaptor off the pipe and replace the bib the correct way. Sorry.
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Whats really scary is i dont even see a male adaptor on there,almost like they just shoved thr copper in and soldered it up hoping for the best!
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:46 PM   #21
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Hi all,
Thx for your great help!

I have tried these but without success.

1. Tried to open the worn out handle screw such that I can replace the washer;
2. Tried to buy a new bib and used the new stem to replace the existing old one;
3. Bought packing rope and used it to surround the stem;

Do I have to sweat out the bib and put a new one there? If it is true, then I need to call a professional plumber.

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Well if youre not having any luck with the other ideas(sorry about that! )
Id go ahead and pick up a frost free faucet and install it or have it installed in place of the old chopped up mess .
Can you get a picture of the plumbing inside the basement leading out there?
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Hi Plummen,

The pipe is being hidden behind the kitchen cabinet, so I can see how the pipe goes outside. I am thinking to completely replace the broken hose bib. Since I am in SCAL, I don't need a frost free faucet.

My idea as a newbie

i. Cut out the existing hose bib (don't know I really need this step);
ii. Torch and take out the copper pipe adapter;
iii. Sweat in a new male adapter;
iv. Screw in a female hose bib;

A friend of mine told me that it should be an easy task.

Thx.
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Id just sweat the adaptor a lot closer to the wall
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