How to Repair a Leaky Spigot

Got dripping faucet? You can fix a leaking outdoor spigot yourself with these helpful tips.

Step 1: Remove the faucet

First, turn off the main water supply to your home. Locate the pipe that feeds the faucet from the backside of the wall. Use a hacksaw to cut the pipe at the bend, just on the other side of the wall from the faucet, allowing the faucet assembly to be removed.

Step 2: Cut off the corroded pipe

Use a cutter to cut off the length of copper supply-pipe that is corroded.

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Cut off the corroded pipe

Use medium-grift sandpaper to rough up the ends of the replacement copper-pipe, and inside the new faucet fitting.

Step 3: Insert new pipe into fitting

Brush a coating of tinning flux to the outside of the end of the pipe inside the fitting. Insert the end of the new pipe into the new fitting.

Step 4: Steal the new joint

Use solder and a propane torch to seal the new joint. Use the tip of the flame to heat the joint to have the best adhesion.

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Seal the new joint

Allow the connection to cool.

Step 5: Insert new pipe into the wall 

  • Feed the end of the new pipe through the hole in the wall. Then cut off the excess pipe on the back side of the wall using the cutter.
  • Then turn off the water supply and wait to see whether the level in the tank drops.
  • If so, the problem could be a flapper chain that’s too tight or a leak in the flapper.

Step 6: Install fitting onto pipe and solder the pipe

  • Using the same soldering technique, install a 90-degree fitting onto the pipe.
  • Take a measurement from the new fitting to the end of the supply-line pipe to determine the length of new copper pipe that you’ll need and cut the appropriate length of pipe.
  • Rough up the pipe ends, apply tinning flux, and solder the new length of copper pipe in place at the coupling as well as the new 90-degree fitting to complete the connection.

Step 7: Turn the water back on 

Turn the water back on and check the new faucet. You may want to apply a bead of caulk around the outer edge of the new connection to prevent water from leaking through the opening in the wall.


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