(I'm SO sorry. I'm learning a new browser and I managed to post this as a
reply for someone else instead of a new post.)
Nothing is easy in home repair!!!
We tried to replace the packing washer in our outside hose bib and that
seemed to go OK, but we removed the screw securing the handle and that
screw seemed to plug a hole in the hollow stem which now leaks.
What is the purpose of a hole in the hollow stem and how do you stop THAT
from from leaking?
The guys at Lowes never heard of such a thing.
Here is a picture to help you understand what I have...
Thanks for any ideas of what it's for and how to fix.
I've also never heard of a completely hollow valve stem. Usually, the hole
is tapped only deep enough to take the handle mounting screw. Are you sure
it is leaking through the hole, and not from the base of the stem where it
goes into the valve nut? May be easiest just to replace the hose bib valve,
if replacing the packing and replacing the handle does not do the trick.
Bib valves are fairly cheap.
On Fri, 01 Jun 2007 15:07:20 -0400, Roger <sherryrogeratcomcastdotnet>
Replacing would probably be difficult. It might be welded on the pipe. Do
any of these things get screwed on??? I don't want to risk making things
I can SEE the lower part of the screw through the hole in the stem and I'm
sure the water is leaking from this hole (probably squeezing past the
screw threads). WITHOUT the screw, the water squirts from the hole under
pressure. Caught me by surprise, it did.
I don't believe the hole is to relieve pressure since you can just open
the bib valve and do the same thing.
Boiler valves are NOT welded. They screw on. Yours looks like a 3/4
FIP valve. Depending upon what the attaching pipe is, you may or may
not be able to wrench it off. If its old galvanized pipe, you're
probably better off replacing the guts of the valve.
Replace it. That is a boiler drain valve, not a true hosebib.
You can't stop it from leaking, because it looks like its been
modified to use the screw instead of the nut to hold the handle on.
Since it is a boiler valve, you can replace the whole stem and
washer from another 3/4 inch boiler valve. The guys at Lowes ought
to be able to sell you on of those for less than $10.
AAhhh. I tried my best to be clear. I'm afraid you assumed the picture is
of my actual bib... It's not. It's just a picture I found so I could
The bib does not appear to be modified and I doubt it was leaking from
that hole until I removed the screw holding the handle on. Hmmmm. Maybe
some loc-tite or something to seal the threads and block the water?
Anyway, still want to know why the hollow stem and how it should REALLY be
I'll make a WAG that maybe the other end of that valve stem is pretty
conventionally shaped and has a rubber washer on it which should be held
in place by a screw. Maybe THAT screw has loosened (or even fallen out)
so that the rubber washer is no longer compressed under the screw's head
to keep water from entering the screw hole at that point.
To the OP, disassemble the hose bib further and let us know what you
find on the business end of the stem.
What that cross hole in the stem is for is a question I'd like to hear
the answer to. <G>
Could that be a "freeze-proof" spigot? It's a little unlikely based on the
picture but you said it's a generic picture, not one of the actual item.
Freeze-proof spigots have a long (6+ inches) stem that _is_ hollow (mine
are, anyhow), and the actual water-stopping valve portion of it is at the
far end of that stem.
Freeze proof spigots are great since you don't have to go around the house
in November turning off the outside water. That's not hard, but here in
Montana where it can freeze in September the freeze proof spigots are nice
I can't see how a freeze-proof spigot is relevant. After shutting water
supply to the bib, the water would drain from the bib. Why have to remove
the handle screw to let it dribble out the side????
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