How to Rebuild a Hose Spigot

Posted by in Home Improvement Tips, on March 19, 2018

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey repairs a leaky hose spigot. Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the official This Old House YouTube channel: Time: 2 hours Cost: $50 Skill Level: Moderate Tools List for Rebuilding a Hose Spigot:
Adjustable pliers
Flathead screwdriver
Valve receding tool Shopping List:
Rubber washer replacement kit
Teflon packing Steps:
1. Shut off the water to the spigot.
2. Remove the valve from the spigot by loosening the bonnet with the pliers and a wrench.
3. Remove the washer on the bottom of the valve. It should be held down with a screw that can be loosened with the flathead screwdriver.
4. Replace the washer with one from the kit. Place it on the valve, smooth side out, and tighten the screw back on.
5. Loosen the bonnet to expose more of the thread on the underside of the handle of the valve.
6. Apply Teflon packing around the thread about 1 ¼ times. Tighten the bonnet on top of the Teflon.
7. Use the valve receding tool in the spigot to smooth the seat to receive the new washer.
8. Tighten the valve back on the spigot and turn the water back on. Resources:
Richard uses a rubber washer and bonnet for the repair, which can be found at the local home center. For the seat repair, Richard uses a seat grinder (aka Dresser) that can be found at the local home center. Follow This Old House and Ask This Old House: Facebook:

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