Garden hose won't fit outdoor tap

it's quite odd

I wonder if the old one might have had a tapered thread? BSP fittings are sometimes parallel and sometimes tapered.

I agree that fitting a new tap might be simplest. You can get a special copper pipe with fitted tap adaptor and backplate that pokes through the wall. Saves making your own. The less plumbing exposed to outside frost the better.

This type
is a very good isolator to use inside the house. The handle gives good leverage and you can see at a glance if it is on or off.

I try to remember to turn mine off after washing the car, but certainly off in frosty weather.
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