changing packing in outside faucet

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Old 05-25-19, 08:58 AM
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changing packing in outside faucet

I have Woodford Model 17 freeze guard faucets for the outside of my house. One of these is leaking around the packing nut. I cannot tighten it further. Can I put new packing in without turning off the main water supply as long as I leave the freeze guard faucet turned off? Do I need to clean out any old packing or just add some?
 
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Is it packing or a rubber washer? As far as I know you need to shut off the water first.
 
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I believe it is packing. A kind of string that is impregnated with something.
 
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Yes, what you are seeing is the packing around the stem, but if it's leaking you need to replace the rubber at the other end of the rod, so yes, you need to shut the water off. If you don't have a ball valve in the house to shut off just that faucet now would be a good time to install one, while you have the main shut off.
 
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I looked that faucet up. It appears to have a rubber (EPDM) type packing washer that you can change after turning off the water. There is a video in the link.

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It only leaks when the valve is open. When the valve is closed, there is not leak.
 
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Just unscrew the nut and wrap some teflon tape around the stem.. like a string... Then tighten the nut.. Thats how we did it years ago when we ran out of lamp wick..
 
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