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How do I repair an outdoor faucet that is leaking from the stem Water comes out from the screw holding the handle? Answered

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retrop (author)2009-04-08

there is a packing nut that can be tightened on most valves, it looks like a nut under the handle, but don't over tighten! just snug, sometimes this works

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caitlinsdad (author)retrop2009-04-08

You can also repack the filling under the packing nut. The packing comes as a long string with teflon or graphite pressed onto it. You just take a piece to wind around under the nut. It compresses forming a "washer" that goes around the stem.

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