Can't get outdoor faucet stem out??


Old 06-26-03, 06:27 PM
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Can't get outdoor faucet stem out??

Easy question, but I am stumped.
I have a leaky outside faucet, (not a fancy sillcock one but a standard outside faucet). I know I have changed this washer before, years ago.
Anyway, I unscrewed the handle screw. Took the handle off.
With a wrench, I took of the hex nut, (sorry, don't remember what it is called.)
Now for the life of me, I can't seem to get the stem to come out so I can replace the washer.
I am turning it counterclockwise, it moves easily. I turned it all the way counterclockwise, but it doesn't come out.
I have tried pulling the stem out, but it really doesn't want to come. Should I force it? I feel so stupid, please help.
Any suggestions gratefully appreciated.
Thanks, symboltech
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Old 06-26-03, 09:26 PM
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It may seem hard to remove but it will give, counterclockwise, it will unscrew from there, if all else fails replace it with a new one.
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