How to Replace Outdoor Faucet Bibs


An outdoor bib is a type of faucet that features a threaded spout. The spout is designed to accommodate the female fitting at the end of a garden hose. Within the hose bib is a rubber packing washer and a plastic stem washer. If either washer cracks, the hose bib will leak. Fortunately, replacement hose bibs are readily available and take only a few minutes to install.

Things You'll Need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Plumber's tape
  • Turn the water supply off at either the inline shutoff valve or at the main water valve near the water meter outside.

  • Grasp the knurled base of the hose bib with an adjustable wrench, then twist the bib counterclockwise until the bib detaches from its water supply pipe.

  • Wrap the threaded tip at the base of the hose bib with plumber's tape to prevent water leaks.

  • Place the replacement hose bib onto the water supply pipe, then rotate the bib clockwise with an adjustable wrench until the hose bib is tight.

  • Turn the water on at the appropriate water supply valve.

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  • "Home Repair Guide;" Ten Pound Books; 2007
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