A dollop of plumber's grease is the best bet for curing the squealing that eventually develops on older, outdoor frost-proof faucets.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:April 2011
Remove the handle. Then loosen the packing
nut. Reinsert the plastic handle and
unscrew out the entire stem.
Apply a generous amount of plumber's grease to
the threads. Then insert the stem and try it out. If
it still squeals, add more grease. Then reassemble
the packing nut and install the handle.
develop a squeal
when you turn the handle.
The brass stem threads are
rubbing against the brass
threads in the housing. If
there's a shutoff valve for the
faucet, close it. Otherwise,
shut off the main valve. To
get rid of the squeal, apply
a dollop of plumber’s grease.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
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