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Old 07-23-2015, 02:35 PM   #1
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Dripping Outside spigot


I have an outside spigot that is dripping on/off. I have taken out the stem and tightened the screw on the end of the bibb washer and reinserted the stem back inside the sillcock assembly. I have tightened the packing nut good and snug. It doesn't drip when I put it back together but after a few uses, it begins to drip again. The drip comes from either the area behind the green handle(where the hole is shown in the first picture or behind the packing nut. The green handle is tight(because I can't even remove it). Any ideas of things to try to alleviate this problem? Thanks!
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Did you replace the washer on the stem while you had it apart?
The packing nut has nothing to do with it leaking where the hose connects.
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I can't tell from the photo if that is soldered or threaded, but a new sillcock is generally less than $10, and installing a new one may be simpler than trying to fix an old one.
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Did you replace the washer on the stem while you had it apart?
The packing nut has nothing to do with it leaking where the hose connects.
I did not replace the washer? Can you get the washers at the box stores?
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I can't tell from the photo if that is soldered or threaded, but a new sillcock is generally less than $10, and installing a new one may be simpler than trying to fix an old one.
I have not looked yet but to replace the silcock isn't it typically soldered inside the house? So has to be cut and replaced? I have a feeling that the area inside the house behind the silcock is in an area that is difficult to access. You just can't replace the stem can you if necessary?
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Take it to a plumbing supply store, see if they can help you rebuild it.

May just need a new washer as joe suggested.

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You can also take the stem to an Ace , Tru value , etc . for a facet washer & whatever seals the packing nut . That is different than mine , which have string graphite packing , also available @ hdwe stores .
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Stores around here are using teflon now, no graphite.
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No clue what was used as a washer to seal it, not shown in the picture.
Take it to a hardware or real plumbing store and they will fix you up.
If it's not a simple washer fix then likely someone left the hose on and it froze and will require a total replacement.
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