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Exterior Faucet

My exterior faucet leaks really bad around the where the handle meets the stem. Could this be just a washer? It is a old faucet do not want to mess with it if the entire faucet needs to be replaced. If you believe it is just a washer needing to be replaced, how do I go about taking it apart?
I have the same problem with one in the basement and in my shower on both handles. They all leak around the handle that turns water on and off.
Thank You..

A. Spruce
Re: Exterior Faucet

If this is a hose bib, then you can usually tighten the nut at the base of the stem a little to crush the seal more tightly to the stem. This will fix most leaks. If it doesn't, then replacement is the way to go.

If you're talking about a sink type faucet, then the valves are rebuildable, including repacking the stem. I'd still try tightening the stem nut first if your faucet is so equipped.

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