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Turbogus 09-26-2012 08:56 AM

Outdoor frost-free sillcock valve stem
Hello gang,
Since we moved into out new place in June our front sillcock has had a steady slow drip. Woring 7 days a week as I do only now am I hoping to address it.
I shut off the water at the street as there was no shut off under the house in the crawlspace. Pulled the handle, packing nut and valve stem and found what appeared to be a completely disintegrated convex washer in the packing nut. On the valve end of the stem inside a removable brass cylinder there was another extremely worn washer. Searching through a washer pack that was langushing in my toolbox not one matched this valvle stem. With the handle off the stem measures 11" I'm very doubtful I can find a replacement stem in this consumer desert I live in. Does anyone now where I could obtain one of these on the web?

My stem ind of looks like the one shown here;

DannyT 09-26-2012 09:44 AM

a local hardware store should be able to hook you up with a new washer for the end of the stem.

Turbogus 09-26-2012 09:51 AM

Thanks for your fast response Dan.
Trouble is in this consumer desert, the local hardware store only had more of the same "universal" packs that didn't have the correct size convex washers, or understanding of what a frost free sillcock valve stem looks like (until I went bac to the office and printed them a picture from the web). :glare:

Turbogus 09-26-2012 03:32 PM

......and wouldn't ya know it, stopping by the ONE single plumbing/electrical supply earlier today they have no frost free stems nor faucets. Man, I've gone through auto parts unavailability for the last decade, now it seems the same goes for construction/renovation/plumbing/electrical parts as well, at least in THIS area. It's gettin' pretty dam tiring! :censored:
Sorry for the rant.

Lightfoot 09-26-2012 05:17 PM

as remote as you may be, surely there is a plumber somewhere nearby that would have those repair parts on his truck. They usually carry a bunch of different sizes to keep from running into the same problem you're having. Most of the ones i know would probably just give it to you.
It's worth a shot.

Turbogus 09-26-2012 05:39 PM

I was able to obtain an assortment of concave washers and some rope packing. Going to give it a try tonight when I return home from work. I've watched some youtube video yesterday that helped me how to take the sillcock apart and repair. Will try to remember to take some photos for the benefit of others faced with this.

Turbogus 09-27-2012 08:04 AM

Well, went to another plumbing shop and they turned me onto some packing string, and a complete set of concave washers. That, with some plumbing grease and it's no longer leaing and turning on more easily. Sorry for no photos but it was an easy fix, it was only parts availability that was the hangup.

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