How to stop an outdoor faucet from dripping

  • Written by  Danny Lipford
How to stop an outdoor faucet from dripping

Outdoor faucets, also known as hose bibbs, often begin to drip or leak around the handle over time. To stop an outdoor faucet or hose bibb from dripping, use pliers or an adjustable wrench to slightly tighten the packing nut below the handle of the faucet in a clockwise direction.

If that doesn’t stop the leak, you’ll need to replace the rubber washer.

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.

Tighten the screw holding the washer back up.

Insert the stem into the faucet housing.

Tighten the packing nut on the faucet housing.

Turn the water back on, and test the faucet for drips or leaks.

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