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Need some plumbing advice #5600601 02/15/15 08:26 PM
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I've got a outdoor spigot that needs to be replaced. Problem is it's right up next to the brick. Is there a way to replace this without cutting brick or sheetrock on the inside of the house? I feel like I should be able to fix this with out a plumber.




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You should be able to do it yourself. Take off all the junk first.


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Have you removed jam nut and unscrewed the stem. Should be able to replace washer on stem. I would try that first. Oh yeah turn the water off first.

If you must change hose bib, looks like it would screw off. Course be prepared for to break off in wall. Good luck and be careful.

I am not a plumber so my advice js based my own home repair. Should be easy fix but with a high pucker factor.

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you just need to replace the washer, it should be a 001(not james bond). You can get them at home depot. Remove the packing nut (turn off water as Lazyjack said), the whole stem will slide out. Use a #1 phillips and remove the washer and replace. easy smeasy!

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Thanks guys. I pulled it apart today. It has a long 6 or so inch stem below is the washer that was on there. I'm sure its deformed but I didn't have anything that would fit the diameter of the screw that was on the end. Also there wasn't a philips head screw to remove. it was just the stud end of the screw. I should have taken more pictures I guess but didn't think of it at the time.




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I would replace the whole spigit, it screws off normally


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50/50 that it is soldered or screwed, if soldered you will have to pull sheetrock and patch, if screwed in you may be able to replace with no interior demo but if it is corroded you will still have to pull sheetrock and patch.

other option is take full stem assembly to a good plumbing supply (you can try lowes/homey despot first) and see if you can find an EXACT replacement. this may or may not fix it depending on the seat for the washer in the main housing.




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Re: Need some plumbing advice [Re: Cow_doc.308] #5601657 02/16/15 01:56 PM
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Thanks Hop. I'm thinking IM going to end up cutting Sheetrock. I'm betting its soldered on and if not then probably corroded. Guess I've got a project for next weekend.

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I had a similar issue with an exterior faucet (due to my own fault). I took a chisel and chipped away the brick from one side of the faucet to where I could get a needle nose vice grip pliers in at an angle to hold the hex end of the fitting soldered onto the copper tubing in the wall. Unscrewed the faucet, Teflon taped and install new faucet. No interior work needed.

what happened to mine was the check valve fitting that screws on to prevent back flushing into fresh water supply (county code) was leaking where it screwed onto faucet. When these are installed, there is a hex screw that screws down into the faucet threads to prevent removal. When installed the screw has an undercut in it to where the hex head snaps off when properly torqued making it virtually impossible to remove without drilling out that screw. Well ... that's what I have done on several others at our house and rent houses without issue. This one on the other hand, I misjudged the depth I need to drill and drilled into the faucet. When I put the new check valve on (before tightening the screw) and tested, it leaked worse than before due to the hole in the faucet forcing me to replace the whole thing. I was unsure how to go about doing it and called a plumber. He came out and looked at it and said he could do it but it would be MUCH cheaper if I didn't mind chiseling the brick on my own time instead of his hourly rate. So I did what he told me to do. It was pretty simple other than chipping away the brick.


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I never thought about the possibility of these things being soldered in. Couldn't the op take a pipe-wrench and try to turn the entire faucet? Either the faucet will come loose from the pipe, or the pipe and faucet will unscrew together, or if it won't turn then he knows it is soldered in?

That's probably all wrong, since I'm a terrible do-it-your-selfer, and its what I would do. smile

And here's a youtube video of someone just replacing the faucet internals:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7geR-Ani6Rc


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Originally Posted By: postoak
I never thought about the possibility of these things being soldered in. Couldn't the op take a pipe-wrench and try to turn the entire faucet? Either the faucet will come loose from the pipe, or the pipe and faucet will unscrew together, or if it won't turn then he knows it is soldered in?

That's probably all wrong, since I'm a terrible do-it-your-selfer, and its what I would do. smile

And here's a youtube video of someone just replacing the faucet internals:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7geR-Ani6Rc


You take a big chance of breaking the pipe. I would just replace the rubber seat that's in his hand. If there's only a "stud" there, grab it with a pair of channel locks and back it out. The Phillips head is probably broken off and what you're seeing is the rest of that screw.

Otherwise, if you don't rebuild this one, you're gonna have to make room in there to at least cut it off cleanly and, at the very least go with a shark bite. At that point, I'd just solder one on. If you have a slow drip and you can't get the water to completely stop, use a piece of bread. It'll come back out later.


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