Steps For Replacing A Spigot

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Replacing A Spigot

A leaking spigot can do more than raise your water bill. The concentrated dripping near your foundation can cause water leaks inside. Fortunately, knowing how to replace a hose spigot replacement or repair is not that difficult.

  • Working time: 10 to 20 Minutes
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Project cost: $10 to $20

How a Spigot Works

You should comprehend the fundamental operation of your outdoor spigot before attempting to repair or replace it. Spigots are also known as exterior faucets, hose bibs, and sillcocks. Additionally, there are standard and frost-proof sillcocks.

Standard spigots consist of a spigot body, a handle, a stem, and a stem seal. The stem is vertical, and the hand is on top. Rubber stem washer that is screwed onto the base of the stem. The stem descends as the handle is turned counterclockwise, and the washer presses up against the stem seat to stop water flow.

The stem and stem steal also move up when you turn the handle in the opposite direction, allowing water to pass through.

The components of a frost-proof hose bib are the same.

Safety Considerations

An old spigot likely has old rusted parts. Make sure you wear thick gloves to protect yourself from rusted metal splinters.

Rusty items tend to have a bacteria called clostridium tetani which causes tetanus. If you puncture your skin, call your doctor to ensure your tetanus shot is up to date.

Tools

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Stiff bristle brush

Materials

  • New spigot (if needed)
  • New stem washer
  • New packing nut washer
  • Waterproof grease
  • WD40
  • Thread tape

Instructions for Replacing a Spigot

You will need to replace your spigot if it is cracked or damaged.

1. Turn Off the Water to the Spigot

There is usually a shut-off valve in the home for each spigot. It is generally in the crawlspace or the basement opposite the spigot.

2. Turn Spigot On

Turn the spigot on to drain out any remaining water and release pressure.

3. Remove Screws

If your spigot is screwed to the exterior wall, remove the screws.

4. Turn Spigot Counter-Clockwise and Remove

Have a partner hold the inside pipe with a pair of pliers. Use pliers or an adjustable wrench to turn the spigot counter-clockwise and remove it. You may need to use wd40 or PB Blaster to loosen it.

5. Clean Threads

Clean the threads with a brush.

6. Apply Thread Tape to the Threads

Thread tape creates a more leak-free connection between the two metal surfaces. Make sure to apply the tape clockwise. The spigot will be installed clockwise, and installing them in the same direction helps keep the thread tape in place.

7. Screw on New Spigot

Screw on the new spigot and tighten with an adjustable wrench. Do not overtighten as this can twist the pipes inside.

8. Install Screws to Hold the Spigot in Place

This prevents damage from pulling on a hose.

9. Turn on the Water

Turn your water back on and check your spigot for leaks.

Instructions for Repairing a Spigot

If your spigot has a small leak out the faucet, it’s likely just the stem washer that needs replacing.

However, if your spigot has a small leak out of the handle stem, you will need to replace the packing nut washer. The steps are identical, and it’s wise just to replace them at the same time.

1. Turn Off Water to Spigot

Turn off the water to the spigot. There is usually a shut-off valve in the home for each spigot. It is generally in the crawlspace or the basement opposite the spigot.

2. Turn Spigot On

Turn the spigot on to drain out any remaining water and release pressure.

3. Loosen the Packing Nut

The handle and stem are connected to the spigot body with a packing nut. Use an adjustable wrench to loosen the packing nut and remove the handle and stem.

4. Remove Stem Washer Screw

Remove the stem washer screw with a phillips screwdriver.

5. Install New Screw and Stem Washer

Ensure that both the new screw and washer are flush to the surface.

6. Replace Packing Nut

Remove and replace the packing nut washer by hand.

7. Apply Waterproof Grease

Apply some waterproof grease to the packing nut threads to ensure smooth application.

8. Reinstall handle and Steam

Reinstall the handle and stem and tighten with an adjustable wrench.

9. Turn Water Back On

Turn the water back on and test your spigot for leaks.

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