removing vacuum breaker from a hose bib

I have an old ass vacuum breaker on my hose bib, probably been there 15-20 years, way before I bought the house. it's leaking water from the top so I want to get it off. I took a pair of locking pliars to it, but I can't seem to get it off. I can turn it, and I have turned it in the off direction around 3 revolutions but it's SO hard, I have to put my body weight onto the wrench. I'm afraid I'm going to break my damn hose bib trying to get it off. any advice? are they threaded backwards and I'm tightening the shit out of it? so weird.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You're turning it correctly, maybe squirt some cooking oil on it to help.
    If it's real bad you may have to replace the whole damn thing.
    I live in northern Maine and have replaced mine 3 times, somewhere between them freezing up and my dad opening and closing them way too tightly.
    For about 3 months we just 'opened' it by using the valve inside the house.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The rusty screw is tightened into the threads. Drill it out to remove it.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The rusty spot on the vacuum breaker is a set screw that has long since rusted away. It's preventing you from removing it. I always remove the little screw and throw it away when installing them because of the situation you're in right now. Even if you force it off the inner side of the screw is going to ruin the threads on your bib. I recommend replacing the whole bib at that point.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The rusty screw is tightened into the threads. Drill it out to remove it.

      thanks guys, that was the problem. I drilled it out using a stripped bolt remover kit, came out like butter. but I guess in all the action, the hose bib got fricked up. it's leaking from the valve now, which never happened before, guess I hit it with the locking pliers. fml. no idea how to replace a hose bib, it's like cemented into the side of my house. guess I'll have to chip cement and brick back enough to remove it, then fill the hole with foam or some shit? what a freaking mess. the threads on the bib are also damaged but I put some plumber's tape on it and they seem fine with that, was just hard to thread the pipe on.

      I really fricked this one up bois

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >what a freaking mess.

        kek. you sound like a PrepHole virgin. now comes the fun part where you actually do a proper repair without spending a fortune.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          oh I am bro. I'm middle 30s, dad did HVAC and construction, can do anything, but I was always into computers. got into programming, went to college for comp sci, been doing software engineering ever since. I can do anything with computers, but I always paid people to do the physical repair stuff. just recently got into doing everything myself, and really just because I can. I can afford to pay people but I've got a wife and three kids so fixing shit is one of the only times I can be alone lol and it's fun to do most of the time, just hate plumbing related shit.

          water is gay

      • 1 month ago
        Bepis

        https://i.imgur.com/NdKnZyh.jpeg

        I have an old ass vacuum breaker on my hose bib, probably been there 15-20 years, way before I bought the house. it's leaking water from the top so I want to get it off. I took a pair of locking pliars to it, but I can't seem to get it off. I can turn it, and I have turned it in the off direction around 3 revolutions but it's SO hard, I have to put my body weight onto the wrench. I'm afraid I'm going to break my damn hose bib trying to get it off. any advice? are they threaded backwards and I'm tightening the shit out of it? so weird.

        That one looks shitty because you have no goddamn pipe. Go in and cut that b***h off and add some extra pipe so when the next ball valve fails and is seized in place 15 years down the line, you can chop it off and easily add a new one from the outside. Your future self will love you.

        https://i.imgur.com/RPTudZ3.jpeg

        now you get to find your house's main shutoff valve and hope it turns without breaking or becoming a giant leak. these little "easy" jobs can quickly snowball into colossal assfrick disasters as you can see
        captcha: PV MAN

        You don’t like swapping plumbing parts under pressure like a real man?

        cut it off with a grinder or just replace the hose bib. you don't need those.

        That shit looks like it’s buried in the bricks.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Go in and cut that b***h off and add some extra pipe so when the next ball valve fails and is seized in place 15 years down the line, you can chop it off and easily add a new one from the outside. Your future self will love you.

          I do and it works gloriously. I also add gate valves if not previously present so I can isolate subsections of my home and shops for damage control without needing to shut down my system.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >it's leaking from the valve now,
        Replace the rubber parts inside. A flat rubber washer stops leaks coming out the hose area, an o ring stops leaks coming out the handle. Turn off the water before doing this.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    cut it off with a grinder or just replace the hose bib. you don't need those.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    now you get to find your house's main shutoff valve and hope it turns without breaking or becoming a giant leak. these little "easy" jobs can quickly snowball into colossal assfrick disasters as you can see
    captcha: PV MAN

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      like I said here

      oh I am bro. I'm middle 30s, dad did HVAC and construction, can do anything, but I was always into computers. got into programming, went to college for comp sci, been doing software engineering ever since. I can do anything with computers, but I always paid people to do the physical repair stuff. just recently got into doing everything myself, and really just because I can. I can afford to pay people but I've got a wife and three kids so fixing shit is one of the only times I can be alone lol and it's fun to do most of the time, just hate plumbing related shit.

      water is gay

      water is gay.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >water is gay
        less gay than the turd pipe side of things
        plumbing is easy if you remember the rules
        >hot on the left
        >cold on the right
        >don't look up with your mouth open
        >shit doesn't run uphill
        >all bosses are buttholes
        >payday's on friday

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