Yet another Aggie/Tightwad Do-it-myself Project/Boondoggle/Triumph

 
Let’s play a game of Aggie Di-Hydrogen Oxide Irrigation Fluid Transportation Engineer!

I have this faucet on the front side of my house that has been leaking like a sieve for quite some time now. I have been lazy to fix it because: a) it only leaks when the faucet is on. b) it is over 30 years old, so of course you can’t just go to your nearby hardware store and get standard washers for it anymore – grrrrrrr¡¡¡¡111 I knew fixing it would necessitate shutting off the water house-wide, removing the stem, and taking it to the only plumbing supply house in town during lunch (only open 8-5 M-F when everyone’s @work). They were unable to help me either, so I decided to go with each of these figuring one would work and fixed it successfully.

Now, can anyone guess which solution(s) I ended up employing? (Answer in next post)! What would be hilarious if it weren’t so stupid and sad is that when I asked them what a typical plumber would do to address this problem they said that they would probably remove and replace the entire brass faucet. This is a non-starter to me because my faucets are welded on to copper pipe behind the brick, which requires removing and re-mortaring some brick as well as a welders’ torch. All to replace a simple washer, wth! I know this a/b my faucets having learnt this the hard way many years ago when I was young and stupid and attempted to fix a similar leak and forgot to place a pipe-wrench over the back of the faucet to counter the torque of removing the nut! Cost me big bucks & having the plumber laugh at me for being an idiot :~

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