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Trying to replace washer in outdoor spigot

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Trying to replace washer in outdoor spigot

My outdoor spigot is getting old and I need to replace the washer because a slight bit of water keeps going through the hose even when I turn off the tap.

I am now stuck as I cannot remove the valve stem / bonnet and cannot to the washer.

I removed the nut that holds down the valve stem but the stem just seems to be stuck in there. I can move it around a bit, but it just doesn't want to come out no matter how much force I put on it

Any ideas?
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Pull the whole thing out and replace with a freeze proof quarter turn faucet. They can be purchased for pex fittings, crimp a foot or two of pex on the end, then make the final attachment with a sharkbite to your copper inside the house.

Thirty bucks plus an hour or so to do it, and you are good for a few decades.
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Thanks for the suggestion but I'm just hoping to replace the washer. Any ideas how to get this guy out of the faucet?
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flair.14 wrote: I removed the nut that holds down the valve stem but the stem just seems to be stuck in there. I can move it around a bit, but it just doesn't want to come out no matter how much force I put on it

Any ideas?
You removed the packing nut, now unthread the cartridge to remove it. Stick handle back onto the end and turn counter clockwise.
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Zamboni wrote: You removed the packing nut, now unthread the cartridge to remove it. Stick handle back onto the end and turn counter clockwise.
I turn and turn but nothing gives. Do I need to pull out while turning? I tried pulling out while turning but I am wondering if I am causing more harm than good.
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Done all the steps up to 1:30 in the video. I am having difficulties taking out piece at 1:40 of the video. It's stuck in my spigot.
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Grab it with a pair of pliers and give it a hard yank. It's probably stuck because there is a buildup of minerals on the internal parts. I had to do that on mine.
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jackrabbit000 wrote: Grab it with a pair of pliers and give it a hard yank. It's probably stuck because there is a buildup of minerals on the internal parts. I had to do that on mine.
+1. Maybe try soaking it with CLR or vinegar. Make sure your push on the rest of the fixture while pulling out the cartridge.
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jackrabbit000 wrote: Grab it with a pair of pliers and give it a hard yank. It's probably stuck because there is a buildup of minerals on the internal parts. I had to do that on mine.
This trick worked and I fixed the problem. Thanks for the tip!
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fieldhousehandyman wrote: Pull the whole thing out and replace with a freeze proof quarter turn faucet. They can be purchased for pex fittings, crimp a foot or two of pex on the end, then make the final attachment with a sharkbite to your copper inside the house.

Thirty bucks plus an hour or so to do it, and you are good for a few decades.
i did the samething with my house front and back facets
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