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The Three Types of Outside Faucets

  1. Warm Climate Hose Bibs. These are your typical hose bib (outside faucet). These are a basic compression type valve used in warm areas.
  2. Frost Free Hose Bibs. These are hose bibs that have a deep valve seat inside the wall to keep the faucet from freezing.
  3. Yard Hydrants. These are large frost vertical frost free hose bibs used in the middle of a yard. These typically have a lever handle

Warm Climate Hose Bibs

  1. A warm climate hose bib is normally easier to replace than to fix.
  2. A leaky stem can be normally repaired by tightening the packing nut which is a small half inch or so nut that seals the stem shaft.
  3. If the hose bib drips out the end, remove the stem by opening the valve and turning the large hex nut close to the body. Replace the rubber on the end of the stem. and reverse the process to reinstall.

Frost Free Hose Bibs

  1. Frost free hose bibs are very similar to other hose bibs except the stem has a long shaft going to a deep seat. They are normally easier to repair than to replace.
  2. A leaky stem can be normally repaired by tightening the packing nut which is a small half inch or so nut that seals the stem shaft.
  3. If the hose bib drips out the end, remove the stem by opening the valve and turning the large hex nut close to the body. Be sure to use a second wrench to steady the valve body. Replace the rubber on the end of the stem. and reverse the process to reinstall.