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garden hose spigot: fixing/replacing Answered

I have a spigot like the one pictured. The bottom connection is a male 5/8 inch garden hose connection.

It is leaking pretty badly around the handle/pretty much through it when opened. Any ideas on how to best fix it, or perhaps what to replace it with if replacement is a better idea, would be more than welcome.

Thanks.

Boris.

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iceng

2 years ago

open it all the way and then take a wrench and tighten the that right most nut under the red handle screw.. When you close for winter reverse the process.

If it still leaks you will have to close the valve, take the red handle, unscrew (take_off) the brass nut then replace and repack the the void around the shaft with plumbers packing twine around the shaft..

Screw the nut and handle bask on and try it...

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BorisE5iceng

Reply 2 years ago

You know, call me crazy, but it looks like the nuts (both on the right and on the left) are truly not nuts in the proper sense of the word but rather integrated with the body.

I tightened the whole assembly a bit (turned it clockwise about one-eighth of a turn and this seemed to have improved the situation, but only marginally.

It does not leak at all when closed, by the way, but when you open it it does - not catastrophically, but still somewhat profusely (about a gallon ends up in that bucket underneath it within about 20 minutes it takes me to water the land around the house).

Thanks again:)

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BorisE5

2 years ago

Thanks everyone!

I just attached the picture, hopefully it is visible now. Had to do it in Firefox, Chrome just wouldn't do it for some reason.

I does seem to be some sort of a gasket/packing issue. Any special type of packing material I should use? Anything special about replacing those?

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Downunder35mBorisE5

Reply 2 years ago

Usually in there is just a rubber ring to seal the stem....

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caitlinsdad

2 years ago

Pictures sometimes don't attach for whatever reason but look up how to change or repack the valve stem packing. You can tighten the nut that goes around the stem to see if that helps compress the worn packing in there already or add more teflon valve packing that looks like a thick rubbery string. If you can, replace with a modern ball valve spigot. Good luck.

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Downunder35m

2 years ago

The picture seems a bit overexposed, at least here I only see white on a white background....