ASK DANNY: What to do with leaking faucet hose bibbs
“Tightened the packing nut about a whole turn or more; [the outdoor faucet hose bibb] still leaks, but not as badly. Still have space between [the] packing nut and next piece of spigot. Should I keep tightening it until it is snug? Thanks.”
Robert N. Lewis
I would suggest tightening it a little more and that probably will solve the problem.
However, sometimes, a hose bibb that has been tightened by hand a lot has affected the sealing ability of the “seat.” The best thing to do in that case is simply replace the hose bibb itself.
This will require you to turn the water off to your home in order to make this replacement.
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