Push the stem back into the faucet, screw on the packing nut and tighten the nut with a wrench. Screw on the handle, then turn on the water and test the faucet. Replacing either of them isn't difficult and can keep the faucet working indefinitely. Turn off the water to the faucet before disassembling it. Unscrew the Phillips screw holding the handle with a screwdriver and pull the handle off. Loosen the packing nut with an adjustable wrench and lift it off. If the faucet leaks from around the handle just when the water is turned on, the stem packing may be leaking. In some cases, you can fix this by simply tightening the retaining nut that's under the handle. If your faucet leaks out of the spout when it's turned off, the washer is bad. Hold one wrench on the outer lock nut and one on the packing nut. Turn the outer lock nut counterclockwise. If necessary, tap the handle of the wrench to start the nut turning. Once the lock nut turns two revolutions, the packing nut will turn. A sillcock (or hose bibb) is an outdoor water faucet that is located and attached to the exterior of a house. Sillcocks are nothing more than spigots that you'll find coming out of your house. They essentially have a spout in which to connect hoses to or just access tap water while outside.
Steps Locate and shut off water supply to the line that feeds the leaking valve. Remove the packing nut with an adjustable wrench. Carefully remove the old hardened packing from around the stem of the valve. Re-wrap the clean stem with new packing. Tighten packing nut enough to compress packing material. Open water supply.
Reinstall the packing nut, tighten lightly with a wrench (don't over tighten at this or any other point) and reattach the handle. Turn the water back on, open the repaired water valve and check for leaks. If it's leaking, tighten the packing nut one-eighth of a turn at a time until the leak stops.
Drain the faucet Draining the outside faucet is critical, because standing water between the inside shut-off valve and the outdoor faucet can freeze and break both the fixture and shut-off valve. In the spring, check your outdoor fixtures for leaks, even if you have taken steps to protect them from winter ice damage.
How to Replace an Outdoor Faucet Handle Step 1 - Remove the Faucet. Turn off the water supply to the faucet and use a wrench to remove the handle used to shut and open the faucet. Loosen the screw that holds it in position. Step 2 - Inspect. Inspect the exposed parts of the faucet. Step 3 - Replace the Faucet. Start by fastening the retaining nut with wrenches.
Drain exterior faucets – Turn on all faucets to drain any water left in them. If the water continues to flow, check the valve to make sure it's off. Leave the faucet handle turned on throughout the winter. Add protection – Further, protect home plumbing by insulating all exterior pipes with pipe insulation.
How to check if the leak is in the service line Turn off the water at your home's shut-off valve. Look for the place where your service line comes out of the ground and goes into your home. Locate your water meter. Look for a metal lid on a concrete box near the curb. Read the meter for a leak.
To replace an outdoor faucet washer: Turn the water off to the faucet. Unscrew the packing nut by turning it counterclockwise. Pull the handle and stem out of the faucet housing. Remove the screw on the end of the stem that holds the rubber washer. Replace the rubber washer on the stem with one of the same size.