How To Fix or REplace Your Water Spicket
Outdoor water spigots typically go years without servicing until, eventually, water begins continually spraying from the handle or dripping from the spout, and you have no choice but to make repairs. The job is easier than you think it is, as long as the spigot isn’t too corroded to disassemble. Spigots have a basic compression valve that tightens a washer onto the valve seat when you turn the handle. Leaks happen when the washer or the packing around the handle wears out. To replace either of these worn components, you have to remove the packing nut.
Here are the steps to follow if you would like to do the job yourself.
Turn off the water to the spigot, either by turning off an inline valve that controls the water line to which the spigot is attached or by turning off the main water supply for the house.
Unscrew the packing nut under the handle of the spigot with a wrench. If it won’t turn, spray it with lubricant, wait a few minutes and try again. Spray more lubricant if you still can’t turn it. Hold the spigot steady with a pair of adjustable pliers if you have to bear down on a problem nut frozen by corrosion.
Pull off the nut and pull the valve out of the faucet housing. Turn the valve over and unscrew the washer on the end with a Phillips screwdriver. Pry it out with a flat-head screwdriver and replace it with a new one.
Unscrew the handle from the valve with a Phillips screwdriver and pull off the packing nut if the faucet was leaking from the handle. Replace the packing washer, if there is one. If the faucet has packing string, pull off the old string and wind new, graphite-treated string around the packing threads.
Push the valve back into the faucet housing, screw on the packing nut and tighten it with a wrench. Replace the handle — if you took it off — and tighten the screw. Turn on the water.