I need to change my parents outside water spigot. On some Ive seen where it is just 2 screws on either side and boom. This is one unit and I know I would just turn the water of and use a pipe wrench and try to take it off. My question is the house older and not sure how screwed up it could get. I guess I could just try and replace the nob and go from there? It seems if they sell just the nob it has a screw on top I could just replace that.
Easiest thing to do is turn off the water and remove the stem with a wrench. Look around inside the housing and make sure the seat, it looks like the top of a donut of sorts, isn't chipped or damaged.
If it's dripping, and it's coming out the place where the water comes out, it's either the washer which is at the end of the stem or the donut like seat.
If it's spraying water out of the valve, likely where the thing that turns it on and off is, it's the packing and can follow up on that later.
So you either need to change the washer at the end of the stem (likely) or the donut like seat (a bit harder, but worth trying).
Post back what you find.
Added: As I reread your post, is it the handle that's loose? That's the easiest fix. Tighten the screw or remove it and see if the handle or stem is damaged. Both should be readily available - just make sure if you get a stem it's for cold and not hot water or they'll be turning it on/off the wrong direction! Or you can remove it and stick it back on with a shim for a better "grip". And don't try unscrewing the whole faucet without looking into it more - it might be soldered on and that would only make a HUGE mess.
Sorry its the outside spigot and now that I look at it appears just the knob needs to be replaced. Now I have to find where the main shut off for the water is as my 70 year old parents don't. Sad but I looked and unsure. Going to call the water dept. tomorrow. They have a water meter inside in the basement. It has a knob that I turned off but still got water. There is a line going outside which looks like it goes to the spigot with a knob I turned off and still got water.
Yeah the screw on top of the handle is kinda screwed. I was told it would just be better to replace the whole thing.
So you're looking at rethreading the screw hole (or getting a self tapping screw that'll work in it) or a new stem. Replacing the stem is a lot easier than changing an old valve in a system with upstream valves that don't work. And fixing the screw hole is easier than changing the stem. Can you post a pic?
Did you ever get the water to it turned off so you can "fix" it?
Yeah I got the water turned off and was actually able to unscrew the top of the spigot. I wrapped some tape where I unscrewed it from so it stopped it from coming out the top of the screw hole. Surprised it actually worked.
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