broken woodford valve stem

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  1. noclue

    noclue New Member

    May 5, 2005
    Some guys doing yard work broke off the handle of my woodford model 17 antisiphon outdoor faucet. They also broke the valve stem. Do I have to replace the whole faucet? I shut down the water supply and examined the faucet and pipe. Despite the fact that this faucet has a screw on connection, it looks like the builders soldered it where it attaches to the pipes in the house. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Clayton

    Clayton Plumber

    Sep 26, 2004

    You should be able to repair it as long as the faucet housing/copper tube did not get bent.

    The directions for removing the stem (courtesy of Woodford)....

    "Valve stem assembly (operating rod) removal.

    To remove the operating rod from the faucet, shut off the water supply to the faucet and remove the handle and packing nut. Use the handle to turn the rod counterclockwise until the rod becomes disengaged from the valve seat. Use a small screwdriver to pry the packing loose. Pull the rod out of the faucet. The rod may have a check valve that will add resistance to removal, but a swift pull will disengage it."

    Of course you will have to use pliers instead of the handle since it was broken off.

    Measure the overall length of the stem (including the piece inside the handle) and cross reference it with the lengths in the chart to find out which length of faucet the stem is for. The faucets are labeled according the the wall thickness the faucet is made for, not the actual length of the faucet like some other companies list theirs.

    Measure the faucet without disassembling it.

    If there is anyway you can measure the length of the faucet from the back of the plastic flange to the tip of the threads, then you wouldn't have to remove the stem to know the length of the faucet. Subtract 1-1/4" from that measurement for the correct size of faucet that you have.

    Now just go to the supply house and purchase the proper length valve stem assembly for your faucet. Be sure to check the price of the complete faucet against the price of the repair parts. It may be more economical to purchase the complete faucet.

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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    You can repair the old faucet, but if you can "see" the soldered connection, it may be quicker to cut the pipe and install a new faucet.

    Sometimes finding just the right part is more time consuming.
  5. Master Plumber Mark

    Master Plumber Mark Master Plumber

    Feb 6, 2005
    Sensitivity trainer.. plumber of mens souls
    indianapolis indiana - land of the free, home of

    terry is right about the wood ford brand faucet....

    they are probably the best made in teh world,
    but they are hell to take apart and its actually easier just to change it out befoer you spend a day trying to get the parts and tear that stubborn faucet apart.

    the packing is mechanically compressed into place when this faucet is made
    and it is very very hard and tedious to mess with them

    we always jsut change them out.
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