There is a very slow leak from the handle of one of our water shutoff
valves in the basement.
I was able to almost completely stop it by really tightening the
packing nut but it seems that the real root cause is probably that the
washer has gone bad.
At Home Depot, they only carried teflon string which the guy claimed
you would use instead of a washer. Alternatively, I could go to a
plumbing supply house and track down the right replacement washer.
- Is the teflon string as good as a replacement washer or should I try
to track down the right washer?
- Is the teflon string really used in place of the washer or in
addition to it?