Exterior water spigot broken


What is wrong with people handling garden hoses?
I found myself having to replace the hose coupling several times a month. I have an exterior spout and I connected a garden hose to it. So every once in a while I had someone come by to either do pest control, or repair stuff, or pressure wash something, or maintain the pool etc...they need to use water. Pretty much every time they will end up breaking my hose coupling. Either the strip the threads or cause it to leak. I think they don't turn and unscrew the coupling from the spout, they just try to yank it off with brute force. So I have to cut the hose and put in a new coupling. Sometimes they even use my garden hose and have to attach their own fitting on the other end and that usually result in breaking the couplings on both ends.
I don't understand why they kept breaking it.
Now this time I had someone pressure washed a driveway. After he is done I know the hose coupler has to be replaced, cause when I turn the water on it shoots out to the side again in all directions, it's practically impossible to turn the water on or off without getting soaked.
Except this time the problem was not the plastic coupler on the hose, I replaced that already and it is still leaking. Here is an image:
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I have indicated in blue lines where the water is jetting out when I turn on the spigot. It is not the black coupler attached to the hose. It is the metal coupler above it. However I tried removing it with a plier, no luck. It is locked tight. I tried for 2 hours and ended up stripping the metal. This is the part I need to replace but this part has been there since day 1, so it's been there like at least 15 years. It's not coming off. I tried WD40 no luck.
Any other suggestions?
MC
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MiamiCuse wrote:

Pipe wrench. Pliers are for easy stuff. If still stout (but doubt it), a little heat would undoubtedly do wonders.
Can't say why they're breaking it, would have to see what they're actually doing. Looks like one of those "quick disconnect" thingies, I gather? If so, quite possibly they don't have a clue has to how it is supposed to work and if you expect/need others to use it, would be better off simply leaving it as a ordinary spigot.
And, of course, a good quality brass-fittings hose would probably be more rugged.
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Suggest you buy brass also use a pipe wrench on the fitting put penetrating fluid on the threads at the top of fitting let sit for 10 mins or so then try it. Wd40 is not good at lossining things. dpb wrote:

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Anyone who brings their own hoses to work, will not have anything compatible with your quick connect system.
They should have removed your adapter, and probably tried to or did so. I, for one, would not be real happy to deal with some proprietary piece of xxx that had been forced on with a pliers or wrench. In the future, why not offer to remove your custom adapter for them? Then you will know where it is and can reinstall as you see fit. ___________________________ Keep the whole world singing. . . . DanG

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I do not have a quick connect on the spigot.
The way I had it set up.
The main spigot has a brass male coupler.
Then I had a brass "Y" that splits that into two. One side has a quick connect coupler to my hose, the other side is a male end and it is always left open for them to use.
What I noticed is that when they connect their hose to it, they always tried to yank it on instead of screw it on. Their own hose always have a messed up thread and they force them on mine, often times water leaks sideways out of their but they don't care.
I did not leave out a quick connect and expect them to deal with it. I left open a male coupler on one side of a "Y". It is a brass fitting, does not matter they get them all twisted and crumpled and the threads worned out anyways.
MC

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That metal coupler as you call it is a vacuum breaker. More likely than not you have a nozzle on the end of your hose that is causing back pressure at the connection. The "spray" is the vacuum breaker doing its job. Should you try and remove it you're liable to break off the hose bibb. They are installed with a "break-off" set screw that when properly installed give them a semi-permanent installation. You're welcome.

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If I have nothing, no hose connected to it at all, and turn on the spigot the water will jet out as well in addition to the water shouting out of the end. That was not happening before they used it for pressure washing.
The hose I connected to it is open ended on the other side with no kink in the hose. There can be no back pressure as far as I can see.
Can you suggest a way to fix this or do I need to call a professional plumber?
Thanks,
MC

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From your picture, the hose bibb appears to be threaded on. Shut off the water main Grab two pipe wrenches and using one for a backup unthread it. Replace with another female hose bibb. You may have to remove the ground wire first. Or call me, I'll come over and do it for $185.00 plus travel.

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That looks like an anti-siphon valve and it just may be worn out. You should be able to remove it with a large pipe wrench, Take it to the hardware store and find a replacement.
Also, any chance that there is a rubber washer missing inside of the black fitting?
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Thanks but not really. I removed the hose and black fitting completely and turn on the spigot and the water shoots down (as it should) and also jet in all directions.
MC
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Then definately a defective anti-siphon fitting then.
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Likewise, what's an anti-siphon valve, why is it needed, and how does it work?
THANKS!
David

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Please say a bit more about a vacuum breaker, and why it's needed, and how it works.
THANKS
David

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