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Both of my outdoor faucets leak. I thought it might have been the threads, but after applying plumbing tape to the threads and securing the hose, I saw that the leak was actually coming from both faucets. I'm not very effecient when it comes to plumbing....Home Depot was telling me to just cut it off on the copper line and bring them in. Should I hire a plumber?
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Jakervik wrote:>Both of my outdoor faucets leak. I thought it might have been the threads,

They're relatively simple to repair, but a few things you need to know: 1-Where's the leak coming from? The normal place for water to exit? Or that little nut just under the stem? If it's the packing nut, you may get away with a _careful_ (just a tiny bit!) tightening of the nut. If it's the "normal" place for water to exit, go turn off the water upstream, then open the leaky valve(s) to relieve pressure. Figure out how it's assembled (that little screw on top _won't_ help here), and disassemble it! Besides changing the valve washer, check for any damage to the valve seat. If it's at all rough, replace it. I think you can do it. Tom Someday, it'll all be over....
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If you aren't an experienced plumbe you don't want to just cut the old ones off. The new ones have to be sweated on (soldered) and you have no water in the house until you get it right.
Depending on the type of faucet you may try tightening the nut under the handle a little and see if that doesn't stop the leak. You can also repack the old ones yourself to stop the leak... Home Depot has several books that detail how to do this.
Steve B.
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