[Amazon] sells a kit that claims to replace the rusted-in-place, brittle, plastic insert in this hosebib. However, there's no shutoff in my house except the whole house, so if I try to chip/pry out the old one, and can't install the new one, I'm got to call a plumber as an emergency to cut a hole in a wall to replace the whole thing. What are my chances of success?

a sad hose bib

  • Is that hosebib soldered or threaded on? If it was threaded, you could rush out and buy a cap... – Aloysius Defenestrate May 30 '20 at 21:14
  • As far as I know it's soldered inside the wall. It only leaks when it's turned on, so it's not an emergency ... yet. – bmargulies May 30 '20 at 23:48
  • In that case, I'd opine that (1) don't do the work on the weekend, and (2) you have a pretty good chance of removing the old plastic -- it's not like you have metal to metal seizing. One risk I can imagine is that the kit won't fit, but you should be able to get a sense of that. – Aloysius Defenestrate May 31 '20 at 14:39

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