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Outdoor faucet handle won't close water -restricts flow then reopens when turned

Outdoor faucet handle won't close water -restricts flow then reopens when turned

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Old 12-01-13, 03:35 PM
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Outdoor faucet handle won't close water -restricts flow then reopens when turned

My outdoor faucet handle keeps turning. It will close and you will feel resistance on the handle. Reduces water flow to a strong drip. Continued turning fully opens the valve. Would this need to be replaced or can i replace a part?Name:  2013-12-01 15.30.42.jpg
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Old 12-01-13, 03:56 PM
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Feeling lucky?
Any way to get under the house to see if there's another shut off for that line?
If not your going to have to shut off the main water line, bleed off the pressure, remove the handle and try using a boxed end wrench to remove that brass cartridge
Once out, you may be able to find a new washer for it at any hardware or box store.
If not your stuck replacing it. Going to have to be able to have one person on the inside with a pipe wrench and another on the outside turning the valve.
 
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Old 12-01-13, 04:20 PM
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First off, if you live in an area where it may freeze at night; don't leave your hose connected to the faucet with a spray nozzle on the end of the hose. The attachment on the end of the hose bib is a vacuum breaker and allows the water to drain, preventing the bib from freezing. Just a side note, seen it happen to many times.
If you haven't damaged the seat of the bib to bad you should be able to repair it with a .15 washer.
Shut off water to hose bib/house, whatever you need to keep dry.
Open hose bib to allow water to drain and make sure it isn't tightly closed.
Loosen packing nut.
Turn handle on hose bib, like you were opening it up and the whole thing should come out.
Replace rubber washer on bottom with new one.
Re install parts.
Snug packing nut down, making sure valve IS NOT all the way closed.
Snug faucet down, shutting it off.
Apply water.
If it still drips: open and close several times to see if it will seat. If not, you may have to replace whole thing or recondition seat.....wait and see if that is needed.
If you get water out around the shaft handle, tighten packing nut a little more. If unable to stop this, may have to replace packing....wait and see.
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Make sure you use a backer wrench when removing and installing packing nut, to prevent any undo pressure being placed on bib/piping.

After taking another look at the bib, there may be another nut under the packing nut that needs to come off before the stem assembly will be allowed to be removed. The washer you want to replace is located on the bottom of the stem assembly, see first picture; very bottom.
 
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Old 12-02-13, 11:02 AM
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Thank you everyone for your quick responses and help. I ended up unscrewing the packing nut and just buying the entire piece again. I reassembled and it works perfectly. Looks like something was stripped in there as upward pressure on the bottom of the stem would push the plug back up.
 
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Old 12-03-13, 09:18 AM
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Good deal. Thanks for letting us know you resolved the problem and are once again a happy camper!!!
 
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