Fixing an Outdoor Faucet




Introduction: Fixing an Outdoor Faucet

About: I am a professional voice over artist and I am terrible at DIY.

it's inevitable that sometime during your home ownership, you're going to encounter the dreaded "leaking garden hose faucet".

but it's simple really to fix... so much that your 14 year old could most likely fix it, so long as you can pry them off the xbox.

in fact... it's one of the most easy fixes around your home.

Step 1: Step One


that is... unless you appreciate a good challenge and an outdoor bath.

next up: you'll need channel locks or some kind of wrench.

on every outdoor faucet there is usually a large nut just below the turnkey. a good pair of channel locks are best for this.

loosen up that nut and on the inside there's another threaded nut holding the inner housing to the outer... turn the key to loosen it and once you remove it you should see the end has a washer.

most likely this washer is your villain... causing the faucet to drool all over the place.

most likely this washer is also 3/8.

as you can see mine had began to rot and fray.

i took my old one and matched it up in a book they had at the big orange box. a box of washers ran me 1.25

Thats much better than 125 for a service call.

Step 2: Replace It All

my washer was a beveled design... so i simply slapped it into place and i was basically finished after going in reverse with previous steps.

yours might be a flat washer... you'll find out once you take it off. it might also have a screw holding it on.

sidenote: use a small dab of super glue to affix it to make sure the washer doesn't fall into the faucet crooked or something and cause more problems.

once you have it all back together, turn the water back on and your rose bushes will be happy to receive a drink.

your water bill will also lose some weight... after all, it IS swimsuit season.



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    8 Discussions

    We put twelve inch hose bibbs on all our outdoor faucets. It freezes here.

    2 replies

    What/why a 12" hose bibb and how do they affect freezing?

    When they are turned off, all the water drains out. This way the valve will not freeze and burst.


    2 years ago

    As far as I know the washer is always held on with a screw and it looks as if your screw is broken off. Your idea of CA glue might be the best or only way to hold it on with no screw but the surface should be cleaned with wire brush first. The screws are often rusted in place and that's probably why yours broke off. A bit of WD-40 can help loosen rusted screws sometimes.


    2 years ago

    Don't forget to turn the water to the faucet off first! A channel lock pliers is hardly ever the "best" way to turn a nut but it will do in a pinch. Pliers actually damage the nut a little each time you use them. When possible a wrench should be used--most likely a large crescent adjustable wrench.

    Sounds pretty straightforward, but...sigh...'LIFE' doesn't always know that. (BTW, whoever designed those wicked turn knob...well, lets just say...he better be hiding behind a big angel when I get There! Just sayin'). My 'garden' hose connection in just inside the garage door and its always damp there 'cause I can't get it turned tight enough due to the wicked turn knob! Perhaps it is the washer. Hmm.......

    Nice fix!