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    Good morning everyone,

    I've got a sillcock that is leaking like crazy. This started as a really slow drip and is now a steady stream. Trouble is that this house still has polybutylene piping which I have not got around to replacing and I've never worked with polybutylene before.

    I have no clue how these connections work and this one looks odd anyway. Can anyone tell me what is going on here connection-wise and how I can replace this without buying any special poly-b tools? I cannot find a shut-off for this spigot so I need to replace it ASAP. My initial plan had been to just cut the copper just behind the spigot and solder a new spigot on but I am afraid that the heat will melt the plastic piping.

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    You either need special tools or a shark-bite fitting
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    That's a frostfree silcock, and if you can identify the brand, you might be able to buy a rebuild kit for it. I'm surprised there's that much excess in the wall so that you can pull it out that far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    You either need special tools or a shark-bite fitting
    I didn't know about shark-bite fittings. That looks like it would do the trick.

    Any tips on cutting the poly cleanly?

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    sharp utility knife
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    I don't think sharkbites are recommended for poly-b...???? I've only ever seen advertised for copper, pex and cpvc..

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    I'd turn the water off & try to take the silcock apart. You might just need a $2.00 washer. If not, either buy the proper tools, or call a plumber.

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