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Old 06-15-2016, 09:34 PM   #1
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How to Fix a Dripping Spigot


I have an outside water spigot that is dripping. It is dripping from behind the handle area. I know on some spigots that you can tighten a nut behind the handle but my spigot has no nut in that area. There is a nut that allows you to remove the stem. I am not sure how to fix it. Suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 06-15-2016, 10:07 PM   #2
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It's most likely a standard faucet washer that is wore out.

Get a packet of assorted faucet washers, ( rubber), Then turn off the water to this outdoor faucet.

Then unscrew the nut and stem, it will be long if this a frost free model (it should be, it's outside).

pull it out inspect the washer, is it worn out?

Change the washer with a screwdriver. If possible look inside to inspect the seat, if it is not bad reinstall in reverse of removal.

If the seat is bad you are going to need a new seat too, real soon, which is more money for a seat tool and a seat.

After reinstalling the stem turn on the water look for any leaks.


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I have an outside water spigot that is dripping. It is dripping from behind the handle area. I know on some spigots that you can tighten a nut behind the handle but my spigot has no nut in that area. There is a nut that allows you to remove the stem. I am not sure how to fix it. Suggestions. Thanks!
As you said that it is "dripping from behind the handle area", I presume that you mean that the water is coming up the "shaft" of the spigot and NOT dropping from the normal outlet.

This indicates that the "seal" over the shaft has failed.
It will be necessary to (turn off the water) remove the top section of the spigot, as when replacing a washer, and disassemble it - by removing the handle and screwing the shaft right IN.

You will then see the seal, which is an "O" Ring, over the enlarged part of the shaft below the threaded section. Remove the "O" Ring and replace with a new one. (As long as you have a new one, it does not matter if the old "O" Ring is damaged when removing it.)

Of course, you will need to get a suitable sized "O" Ring before you start.
You should be able to get a "Kit" with a number of "O" Rings of various sizes from any DIY Store.

You might also get some "Waterproof Lubricant" for taps at the same time, to apply to the threads and the seal when you reassemble.

It is a good idea to replace the washer at the same time.

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You mentionedyou mentioned replacing the washer too. Where is the washer that you're referring to? I know where the O-ring is.



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As you said that it is "dripping from behind the handle area", I presume that you mean that the water is coming up the "shaft" of the spigot and NOT dropping from the normal outlet.

This indicates that the "seal" over the shaft has failed.
It will be necessary to (turn off the water) remove the top section of the spigot, as when replacing a washer, and disassemble it - by removing the handle and screwing the shaft right IN.

You will then see the seal, which is an "O" Ring, over the enlarged part of the shaft below the threaded section. Remove the "O" Ring and replace with a new one. (As long as you have a new one, it does not matter if the old "O" Ring is damaged when removing it.)

Of course, you will need to get a suitable sized "O" Ring before you start.
You should be able to get a "Kit" with a number of "O" Rings of various sizes from any DIY Store.

You might also get some "Waterproof Lubricant" for taps at the same time, to apply to the threads and the seal when you reassemble.

It is a good idea to replace the washer at the same time.
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See #2 above.

There is only 1 washer.


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