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My outdoor spigot when opened has no water coming out

My outdoor spigot when opened has no water coming out. Valve is open inside house as well...
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What is internally in the spiogot to not allow water flow?

Asked by Kenneth Clement
Posted May 14, 2014 12:14 PM ET
Edited May 14, 2014 12:51 PM ET

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Kenneth,
Plumbing repairs require common sense.

Is there flowing water elsewhere in the house?

Where is the nearest plumbing fixture with cold water that flows adequately?

Have you looked at all valves in the line?

To diagnose potential problems, turn off a valve inside the house and disassemble the sillcock. Re-assemble the sillcock if everything looks normal.

Then unscrew or cut the pipe or tubing downstream from the next valve. Turn on the valve. If you have water flow, install a new coupling and a new sillcock.

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted May 14, 2014 12:54 PM ET

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He may have a so-called freezeproof sillcock. Mine tend to not flow once in a while, but a gentle rap with a stick usually frees it up.

Answered by stephen sheehy
Posted May 14, 2014 2:34 PM ET

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Stephen,
I should have thought of that. It works with VCRs, TVs, car starters, and frostproof sillcocks.
When in doubt, the first step is always to hit it with a stick.

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted May 14, 2014 2:40 PM ET

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Martin
And the next step is a bigger stick :-)

Answered by stephen sheehy
Posted May 14, 2014 6:53 PM ET

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Works on neighbours too.

Answered by Malcolm Taylor
Posted May 14, 2014 7:36 PM ET

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Thanks for the advice, I pulled it apart and freed up the spring at the end of the stem. OK now but I will be replacing the washers etc. Thank you

Answered by Kenneth Clement
Posted May 21, 2014 1:20 PM ET

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