Replacing Woodford model 14 outside faucet?


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Old 05-28-09, 12:28 PM
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Replacing Woodford model 14 outside faucet?

Hello all,
I am going to try to replace a Woodford model 14 outdoor faucet in my mothers condo garage. It has a slow drip and recently you can only turn the handle about a third of a turn right or left. As it's probably 30 years old I am just going to replace the whole thing rather than trying to replace parts.
A photo of the replacement unit is on the top of the web page listed below.



Woodford Outdoor Faucets

It seems as though the procedure will be as follows and I am looking for confirmation:

1) Turn off water at the shut off inside house.

2) Unscrew and remove handle.

3) Unscrew and remove brown collar attached to sheetrock garage wall.

4) Unscrew whole pipe and handle unit from the wall. Replace by screwing in the new unit and re-attaching handle and wall collar.

Is it as easy as this?

How do I know how long of a pipe section to get? I assume the pipe junction will not end in the wall but hopefully inside? I have not looked at where the pipe comes through the wall inside the house yet.

Any thoughts or links to tutorials/how to step by step instructions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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Old 05-28-09, 12:37 PM
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You definitely need to look at where the faucet/hose bib connects to the house piping. It may not be threaded but instead soldered on.

But instead of all that...why not simply replace the washer that seals off the water? Part 8 in this diagram.... http://www.plumbingstore.com/woodfordparts.html .

I would also replace 4 & 5 at the same time.

It could be a simple rebuild and some plumbers grease will fix it right up. A good local hardware or plumbing supply store should have what you need. Maybe $5 in parts and 30 min vs $25 or more and an hour if all goes well.
 
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woodford faucet handle not turning

Gunguy,
Thanks for the response! Are you suggesting that the handle is only turning a third of a turn as a result of the washer,packing and packing support pieces having gone bad? I would have guessed that for the slow leak but didn't know what was causing the handle to not turn properly.


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Old 05-28-09, 01:03 PM
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Well, I was really just saying that you COULD get into a much bigger job, when a few parts might correct it. Really, the only way to know for sure is to get the parts you may need, disassemble the valve and check for problems....could be some corrosion or mineral build up is causing the problem.

Thats what I'd try first anyway....but I'm a fix it, patch it up, make it work kinda guy.
Again, it may really depend on how it's attached to the house piping, if its threaded, yeah, might not be a big deal..if soldered..do you have the skills and tools needed?
 
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Old 05-28-09, 01:08 PM
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Oh....is it leaking all the time..even when turned off? Or only when turned on?
 
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Thanks again! I'll check to see how it's attached in the house. If it's threaded and easily accessed I'll gladly spend the $25 and replace the whole thing rather than disassemble. My times a bit a a premium these days.
 
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Seems to be a slow leak all of the time now in addition to the hardly turning handle.
 
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Yeah...sealing washer then.

Check it out and see what the best course of action is.
 
 

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