Yesterday I noticed that the faucet was dripping so I figured today I would shut off the water and get out the washers and the tools.
So here I am, I shut off the water and turned the water heater to pilot and turned on a faucet to drain water before working on the faucet.
The thought came to mind that perhaps I needed a special wretch to access the recessed valve. I have done this before and I figured these valves were the brass type.
I removed the screw and pulled out the stem and it was plastic and not brass which I would expect on a older home.
So I put it back together figuring I would have to go to the store and see if I could find a replacement.
To my surprise once I reassembled the faucet the leak vanished. I figure what occurred was the screw had loosed and it somehow allowed the valve not to close completely.
Who says an old man can not learn?
This reminds me that I want to check the washers on the outside faucets come warmer weather