How to Rebuild a Hose Spigot
Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey repairs a leaky hose spigot
- Shut off the water to the spigot.
- Remove the valve from the spigot by loosening the bonnet with the pliers and a wrench.
- Remove the washer on the bottom of the valve. It should be held down with a screw that can be loosened with the flathead screwdriver.
- Replace the washer with one from the kit. Place it on the valve, smooth side out, and tighten the screw back on.
- Loosen the bonnet to expose more of the thread on the underside of the handle of the valve.
- Apply Teflon packing around the thread about 1 ¼ times. Tighten the bonnet on top of the Teflon.
- Use the valve receding tool in the spigot to smooth the seat to receive the new washer.
- Tighten the valve back on the spigot and turn the water back on.
Richard uses a rubber washer and bonnet for the repair, which can be found at the local home center.
For the seat repair, Richard uses a seat grinder (aka Dresser) that can be found at the local home center.