a leaky outdoor faucet can be easy to miss out of sight out of mind but even a small leak can quickly turn into a big bill so it's worth checking your faucet regularly for any leaks leaks and outdoor faucets usually occur in two places the handle and the spout if you have a leak coming from the handle try tightening the packing nut with a wrench if that fails to stop the leak or if the leak is coming from the spout you'll have to take the faucet apart the first thing you'll need to do is turn off the water supply your shutoff valve is usually located in your home's basement or crawlspace next open the faucet handle and drain the water from the faucet now remove the handle by unscrewing the screw that holds it in place behind the handle you'll find a packing nut turning counterclockwise use a wrench to undo the packing nut now that it's loose slide out the valve assembly some older valve stem assemblies have two washers one behind the packing nut and one at the base of the assembly if the washer behind the packing nut is worn use a wrench to loosen the nut and take out the washer take the old washer to a plumbing supply store to make sure you're replacing it with the right one put the new washer back inside the packing nut and retighten it with a wrench your leak may also be caused by a worn washer at the base of the valve stem to replace this washer first unscrew the screw that holds the washer in place and remove the worn washer replace the worn washer with a new matching one making sure you're using the correct replacement washer screw the washer back into place and tighten now you're ready to reinsert the valve stem slide the valve stem assembly back into the faucet and screw it clockwise into place hold the faucet with one hand to stop it from turning and tighten the valve stem assembly with an adjustable wrench but don't over-tighten it you don't want to damage it now after all your work screw the handle back on and turn the water supply on again now turn your faucet on your leaks should be fixed

How to Fix a Leaky Outdoor Faucet
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38 thoughts on “How to Fix a Leaky Outdoor Faucet

  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    thanks. background music had my toes tappin!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Seems simple enough. <—— Famous last words.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Great vid. Right to the point. Thanks

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Just please come over and do it for me!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Great thank you! This is the first time I have had to do this. This video helped so much.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    It's o-ring, not a washer………

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Our outdoor faucet was leaking behind the handle. We had a plumber at our house fixing another problem. I showed him the leaking outdoor faucet. He examined it and determined it needed to be replaced at a cost of over $300. I declined to have him replace it. I’m not that gullible! I got on YouTube and found your video. Then I grabbed a wrench and tightened down the packing nut. Problem solved! No more leaky faucet. Thanks so much for your video!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Excellent narration and camera work. Very clear what and how to do it.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Exceptionally well explained. Big thanks!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    You missed the part about turning on the faucets before turning the water source on, to release air. Otherwise thank you. I have to repair one.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    I am going to attempt to do these steps this week to fix my mom's outside faucet. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    In most cases you can simply flip the washer & it's good for another 10 years. Notice the little dents in the washer surface. Same for most sink washers. Go ahead & buy a pack of various washers from Lowes or Home Depot for next time.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    My tap leaks from the screw of the tap itself.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Some of those stems were from showers.not a true video of an outside shower stem.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Tightening the packing valve requires you to open the valve first before tightening or you will cause damage. Leave it up to a woman.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    After watching this video I went outside and fixed my faucet in about 30 seconds.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    I have a dumb question if someone who knows can help me out:

    My faucet handle is stripped. When I turn the knob to try to get water, it moves then slips. Can I just unscrew it and install a new one without turning the water off?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Do a shot of liquor for every time she says the word washer!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Thank you!!! I fixed the leak in the hose, replace the vacuum breaker and was just about to call the plumber for this 3rd leak, when I found this video. Now I can use that money for something else. (sorry plumbers!).

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    I haven't found one video on youtube where someone else commenting is a bigger expert or finds fault. So why is it every house I buy has so many things done wrong? I don't get it.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    NICE, fixed that drip in 30 seconds! Thank you very much!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Thanks. The first 1.5 minutes was all I needed to fix two leaky taps

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    So simple even a woman can do it!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Just replace it with a quarter turn valve, no parts to replace, no rubber washers, no screw for the handle, and at a qtr turn you have full pressure without turning it multiple times…no elbow grease, just brain power!:)

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Now replace the cracked tile behind your faucet.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    If you leave a hose attached and it freezes, chances are you'll need to replace the whole faucet due to expansion of the tube from the pressure of the ice. Good luck.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Love the fact that this video has women in it – hate the fact that you assume everyone has a crawl space. In florida, most of the houses are built on slabs.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    you needed to show the part where the long stem was removed and later re-inserted. So I gave this a thumbs down

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    When you tighten the nut behind the handle, make sure to turn the handle a couple of times first so the water is on. That creates some space inside, so that when you go to turn the nut you aren't forcing the innards together and damage something.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Found out the washer was all gone and metal to metal gouged the seat.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Oh thank you so much!!! New home owner and I am quickly realizing I have no clue how to do anything.

    Speaking for myself, my husband is really showing his Mr. Fix-It colors.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Thank you for keeping the video short! So many 15-minute videos out there while we sit and watch some yahoo fumble through the same easy steps you show here.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    knowledged. Thanks.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Man the washer at the end of the stem is diffrent and certain ones are a bitch to find

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Can fix anything with You Tube!!!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    this video is misleading what the heck do you do with the long stem ?????

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