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    Asked May 24, 2010, 07:08 PM 9 Answers
    Hi - First time poster having some issues with an outdoor faucet. I live in MN and I think the freeze/thaw might have gotten this one but hopefully someone can tell me whether I have to replace the entire unit or if there are replacement parts that will do the trick.

    I've attached a picture, where the 2 black arrows show the seam which is leaking. From the looks of it these pieces are meant to stay together. Unless there is some assembly I cannot see?

    Thanks in advance, this looks like a great place to learn and hopefully someday share information!

    Ryan

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    creahands Posts: 2,750, Reputation: 189
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    May 24, 2010, 07:45 PM

    Shut water main off

    Remove hose.

    Open valve and loosen bonnet nut. This in nut under valve handle. Remove valve.

    Loosen faucet nut and remove unit from faucet. This 2nd nut from handle.

    While u have it open check washer on valve stem and seat in faucet. Replace washer if worn and seat if it is not smooth.

    Replace washer under faucet nut and reassemble.

    This should solve your problem.

    Good luck

    Chuck
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    May 24, 2010, 07:54 PM

    Thanks Chuck!
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    May 24, 2010, 07:59 PM

    Hope it works. Let us know. And thanks

    Chuck
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    May 24, 2010, 08:02 PM

    If you have a leak where you have the arrows (and where the wet spot is), I think you are correct and the body of the hose bib is cracked from freezing. Only option is to replace.
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    May 24, 2010, 08:07 PM

    Freeze/thaw cycles can cause problems with the gasket too.

    In my neck of the woods, you can take the stem to the local hardware store. They will find parts and do the replacement for free. You pay for the parts.
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    May 24, 2010, 08:22 PM

    If I don't see a crack would that indicate it's the gasket ? It's leaking from the top half of the fixture, where the top arrow is. I confirmed in reading CHuck's post was that the faucet nut will loosen and I can get to the gasket, so it seems I should try that first ? I'd hate to replace if I didn't have to.
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    May 24, 2010, 08:31 PM

    Open the faucet all the way. You can then loosen the lower nut and that will contain the stem.

    The upper nut is called the packing nut. You used to have to PACK the stem with a tubular material. Now, they are preformed rubber gaskets.
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    May 24, 2010, 08:38 PM

    OK, will do. I'll give it a shot tomorrow (when it's light out) and report back. Thanks again guys!
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    May 24, 2010, 08:57 PM

    And the water is off too.
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