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Old 01-16-2010, 11:28 AM  
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My tap outside of my house is dripping. My understanding from the previous owners is that it has been dripping for years.

Should it just be replaced or can it possibly be fixed?



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Old 01-16-2010, 11:43 AM  
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You just need to replace the faucet washer. Google "How to replace a faucet washer".



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You just need to replace the faucet washer. Google "How to replace a faucet washer".
Thanks!

The google info I got was regarding internal faucets.

My external faucet has a screw inside of the control "tap" (tap=circular control or what I turn to turn on/off the water).

If I turn off the water(water to the entire house), and remove this screw, will this allow me to replace any worn parts? (faucet washer)

Also, is the faucet washer rubber or metal? (as you can tell, my plumbing exp is very mininal) I have soldered coper pipes once.

Or, will I need to remove the entire "tap" or external faucet? (using blow torch etc...)

Note: this tap is 29 years old, and has been dripping for at least 2-8 years (info from previous owners)

Thanks so much for your help!
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Thanks!

The google info I got was regarding internal faucets.

My external faucet has a screw inside of the control "tap" (tap=circular control or what I turn to turn on/off the water).

If I turn off the water(water to the entire house), and remove this screw, will this allow me to replace any worn parts? (faucet washer)

Also, is the faucet washer rubber or metal? (as you can tell, my plumbing exp is very minimal) I have soldered copper pipes once.

Or, I will I need to remove the entire "tap" or external faucet? (using blow torch etc...)

Note: this tap is 29 years old, and has been dripping for at least 2-8 years (info from previous owners)

Thanks so much for your help!
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Thanks so much!

It is not that "old" looking but I suspect the screw I see will allow me to do the same fix.

Im off to find the house shut off for the water, there does not seem to be one for the faucet itself... It is +5C today after weeks of -20 to -30 C here (canada) thank god this didnt cause an pipe to break in the house.
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Here are some pics. After taking the faucet apart I dont know what to do next.

I removed a screw that just holds the plastic control on. So I then, used a wrench to remove another part...

After this, I cant see any washers, the faucet appears to be sealed up to this point (see pics).

I dont want to force the "rotating pin" that controls the on/off , concerned that I might damage it.

Im not sure if I should rotate this "pin" out or if I have to use a torch to completely remove this faucet from the inside of the house.

Ive also attached a pic of the two parts removed so far.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

tap-fixing-025.jpg   tap-fixing-028.jpg  
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It looks like you have a frostproof hosebib. To find the washer you have to unthread the shaft that runs down the middle of the hose bib. Shut the water off to the whole house, put just the round plastic handle on the hose bib and turn counter clockwise. The shaft should come out. You will find the rubber washer on the end of the shaft.

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Its a Woodford frostproof sillcock you have there...

Here's your link to parts info...
Woodford Home - Freezeless Faucets Wall Hydrants and Yard Hydrants

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It looks like you have a frostproof hosebib. To find the washer you have to unthread the shaft that runs down the middle of the hose bib. Shut the water off to the whole house, put just the round plastic handle on the hose bib and turn counter clockwise. The shaft should come out. You will find the rubber washer on the end of the shaft.
I have tried this, When I have just the plastic round handle on and turn counter clockwise, I have turned almost has hard as I can with my hand, and it wont come out. I could turn it a bit harder or use "wrench" but when I turn it hard with my hand it creaks and sounds like it is as far as it will go.

Should I turn it harder? is this for sure the way to do it?

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Will this help?

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