How to replace the outside faucet handle?

If your outside water faucet is broken or you want to replace it with a better one with more durability so that you don’t have to change it now and then.

Outdoor faucets are often subject to a lot of wear and tear that causes them to leak over time.

It might come as a surprise for you, but you don’t need any professional plumber to do it for you. You can easily do it on your own.

Necessary tools to replace Faucet

Normally the gadgets don’t cost much but the plumber’s service may add up the cost. To save yourself from frustration, here are a few tools that might help you.

You’ll need a replacement spigot and pipe wrenches are the most essential tools. Other than them

A spray lubricant, to help loosen the threads. Some old rags, for wiping your hands and pipes after scrubbing.

Teflon tape is also needed to wrap and seal the threads to prevent any future leaks.

Get Started

Just remember to start from inspecting the faucet and see what the damages are and make sure that it needs replacement not repair. Upon checking there are following likely scenarios

If you find any leak near the handle, then try replacing the brusher or tightening the packing nut.

If you find any leakage from the spout, there are chances that the inner mechanism may be damaged. It is cheaper and better to replace the entire spout.

If you find any leakage from the joint to the supply line, don’t worry you have got it. Just examine the threads for any damage, remove the spigot, clean the threads, and wrap them with Teflon tape.

Here is a 6-step guide.

  1. Turn off the water supply and make sure to drain any water in the supply line before starting the work.
  2. Then remove the faucet handle and the fastener holding it.
  3. To remove the old faucet from the stem, wiggle the handle.
  4. To clean any gunk or corrosion using a small stiff-bristled brush.
  5. After replacing the fastener, set the new handle and make sure everything is working properly.
  6. Turn on the water supply and you are good to go.