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 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!
Check out this great article from Chadwicks:
“We’ve all been there. The water tank is emitting a strange gurgling sound and we know something’s not right. We call the plumber and pray that the house hasn’t become Niagara Falls by the time he arrives. We wait on tenterhooks, anxiously watching the clock. Finally, the doorbell rings and there he is. We’re so relieved we want to kiss him.
Instead we get a hold of ourselves and usher him up to the attic. Using wrenches and pliers and working by flashlight, he emerges some time later, t-shirt soaked with copper-colored grime, and pronounces the job done. Oh the joy of having running water once more!
We take a look at 17 Emergency Situations When You’ll be Glad You Know a Plumber – and express our gratitude to all those nifty plumbers who keep our modern conveniences in good shape.”
When is the last time you took a good look at your water heater? If it has any characteristics of the one found in the picture below (or it is 15+ years old) it is a ticking time bomb! This water heater absolutely flooded our clients’ home causing untold thousands of dollars in damage! The tragedy is they said: “…yeah I’ve been looking at that for the last seven months I knew I should’ve gotten a new one…”
Waterproof rubber rain boots are for outside in the rain, we had to wear ours during this entire job to keep our socks dry while standing in the living room!
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August 10th 2018
I contacted Sutherland Plumbing via their website on Sunday because I’d noticed water draining continuously from our yard into the storm gutter. Ti sent me a text that evening and we arranged for a visit on Monday afternoon. He diagnosed the problem as a leak in the water line from the street to the house and recommended replacement given the age and quality of the line. Ti said he would send a quote that evening (which he did with a very detailed description of the work and pricing) and that they could schedule the work for Thursday. I approved the quote electronically, their scheduler confirmed and Ti was there with his team as planned at 8am on Thursday.
This is a long review, but I want to provide an overall sense of the exceptional quality of Sutherland Plumbing. Communication was quick and easy at every step. Quotes were detailed and options clearly spelled-out so there were no surprises. Pricing was very reasonable given the quality of the work, including a couple of extras at no charge. Landscaping in the area of the job looked as good, probably better than it did before they arrived.
The work looks professional at the curb and in the garage and there were no issues with permitting or the city plumbing inspector. We also had our kitchen faucet replaced while the team was here, with the same level of quality and attention to detail whether the job is large or small.
Based on my experience with Ti and his team, I highly recommend Sutherland Plumbing!
5 Stars (Yelp)
Bill B – Beaverton, OR
“Do you know how, or more importantly where to shut-off the main water supply to your home?”
After 20 years it still surprises me that many (in fact most) clients don’t know how to go about turning-off the main water supply to their homes!
Every home should have a readily accessible, functional main water shut-off valve. The fact is, many times the valve is concealed, not easily accessible, non-functional, all of the above or missing altogether! Regardless, here’s a pretty sure-fire way and backup plan to get your water shut-off quickly in the event of an emergency:
1) Locate and know where your water meter is located, typically you can find it near the curb or sidewalk in front of your house.2) Open the lid to look inside. Not all lids are the same. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove the entire cover to see the meter or to access the shut off valve inside.3) There are a couple of ways to turn the valve. Ultimately you’re trying to line up the two circles, about a 1/2 turn clockwise. There’s a tool made that goes by a few different names, the most common of which is “Meter Key” sold at just about every home center and hardware store. Expect to pay somewhere between $10.00 – $30.004) You might have some hand tools laying around that may work in a pinch. Namely a crescent wrench and something long, narrow & ridged like a screwdriver. See the illustration below on how to use these common hand tools to do the job in place of a “Meter Key.”It would do you well to familiarize yourself with the “how to” described here.
I can usually tell if a client has lived through a plumbing emergency or catastrophe by their knowledge of where & how to turn-off the main water supply. One family I met recently had a bright red meter key conspicuously hanging on two nails in the garage. My client told me about a nightmare experience they had in the past, wherein a toilet supply line had ruptured and nobody knew the first thing about getting the water shut-off! The water line leaked several hundred, maybe thousands of gallons of water into the house before the water was shut-off by a responding emergency plumber. Besides the expense of the emergency service call, they now faced not only the repair of the broken toilet line (the least of their worries), but thousands of dollars in restoration repairs and a hefty insurance claim. The client went on to say that now everyone who lives in the house (including their 7 year-old) knows what the meter key is and how & when to use it!