Sign In to join the community | Help

Trending In The Aisles: How To Repair A Hose Bib (Outside Faucet)

Mel, a regular customer at The Home Depot, asked how to repair a leaking hose bib (outside faucet).


He was kind enough to share a photo and I've taken time to modify the photo and will add several more to show how to repair the hose bib.

First, turn off the water supply to the hose bib or if easier, to the whole house.

Then remove the screw which secures the handle to the end of the valve stem and remove the handle.

Next, hold the valve body secure with one pipe wrench while you remove the packing nut with another wrench.

Remove the valve stem ... it may help to re-position the handle on the end of the valve stem and use it to unscrew the valve stem.

This is what your valve stem looks like after removal.

These photos show graphite packing and repair washers (respectively).
Remove the old graphite packing from the neck of the valve stem and replace it with new graphite packing.

Then remove the screw that holds the washer to the bottom of the valve stem, replace with the same size washer from the washer assortment, and screw it back into the bottom of the valve stem ... ensure that the new washer is exactly the same size.

Use a light to inspect the inside of the valve body (where you removed the valve stem) and remove any fragments or debris you find.

Assemble the refurbished valve stem, apply a dollop of Rectorseal #5 Pipe Sealant to the external threads of the valve body, and tighten the packing nut.

Turn the water supply back on and look for leaks.


The packing is designed to seal water from leaking between the valve stem and packing nut.

As you tighten the packing nut it compresses the packing around the neck of the valve stem to create a water tight seal.

If you notice a slow leak, you may have to tighten the packing nut again or even add packing.

If you continue to see water leaking between the valve stem and packing nut continue adjustments until the leak stops.

Any time you use a wrench to remove or tighten the packing nut, use another wrench to hold the valve body stationary.

This allows you to use force on the nut without twisting the valve body and creating a crack in the water supply pipe.

Not what you were looking for ? Try posting a question
Posted 2015-10-29T21:11:38+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL Pat_HD_ATL
Hey Mel,

I almost forgot!

Since colder weather can pop up almost any time, make certain to install a Hard Faucet Cover to insulate your faucets against freezing.

I particularly like the "hard" cover because it can be stored and used over and over again.
Posted 2015-10-29T21:17:48+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
Not what you were looking for ? Try posting a question