Change a Washer on a Garden Tap
A leaky faucet (tap) in your home can cost you money in water bills; a leaky outdoor faucet can not only cost you money, it can cause damage to your garden and grass in addition to your home itself. Fortunately, leaky faucets of any kind are usually caused by a worn-out washer. Replacing a worn-out washer is a simple process that takes very little time and only a few common tools.
Turn off the water to your house
Remove the nut using an adjustable wrench.
Remove the screw at the end of the long valve stem using a flat-head screwdriver
Pry the old washer out carefully using a small screwdriver
Find a new washer of the same size and shape
Clean the seat where the washer will go with a small soft brush or toothpick
Insert the new washer, ensuring a snug fit
Replace the screw on the end of the valve stem
Grease the threads on the valve stem with some silicone to make the faucet turn on and off easier
Wrap the faucet threads with plumber's tape to ensure a snug fit
Tighten the packing nut
Turn on the main water valve
Inspect the spigot to ensure that there are no leaks