As the weather heats up, more and more people are using their garden hoses & outdoor hose faucets. This means many more service calls to fix “dripping” hose faucets. While some of these service calls require some specialized skills and materials to repair, many times all it takes is a basic hand tool like an adjustable wrench…
…and a few seconds to remedy.
Most outdoor hose faucets have what’s called a “packing nut.” It’s common after several dozen times of turning it on and off, the packing nut loosens causing a slight drip. Sometimes if left unattended it worsens over time and drips or leaks profusely. You may be able to save yourself a service call by attempting to tighten the packing nut, just remember “right to tight & left to loose.”
Adjust your wrench or pliers to fit around the packing nut of the faucet – usually no more than a quarter to a half turn does the trick.
There, you’re done!
Take the money you would have given the plumber (to drive out a big truck full of equipment) to do the same job and go out to a nice dinner!
Winterizing Tip #3:
Remember to insulate your outdoor hose-faucets (hose bibbs) & irrigation systems.
Remove any garden hoses from the faucets and cover the faucet with something that will insulate & protect it from freezing temperatures.
Almost every home center and hardware store sells products made specifically for this.
Winterizing Tip #2:
Turn off the water to exterior hose faucets.
Turn clockwise to shut-off your water valve.
Sometimes this can be tricky for two reasons:
First: do you know where the valve is?
Second: the valve may not work so you may be in a vulnerable position.
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