Forum Title: Flat vs Beveled Washer
I removed my outdoor faucet and took it to the hardware store to get a new washer. They had a large variety of sizes but none was an exact fit. I got one that was a bit smaller as the employee said that the sealing doesn't take place at the outer edge. I also took a bevel washer of the same size. The original washer was flat. Is it ok to replace with a beveled washer? I'm thinking that the flat washer will widen when it is compressed. I installed the flat washer and it works. I'm just curious about washer sizes....the hardware store had dimensions in 32nds?
Category: Plumber Post By: ANTONIO FISHER (Tallahassee, FL), 12/28/2016

The flat washer was the correct choice for your faucet. Never measure the old washer when shopping for a replacement. The old washer will have bulged out to a larger size from constantly being compressed when the faucet was shut off. Always bring the stem so salesperson can measure the cup where washer has to seat in to in order to get the correct replacement size.

- MIKE JORDAN (Carol Stream, IL), 09/06/2017

Bevel will work but it may reduce the flow if the stem cannot move away from the seat far enough. Being that it is a little thicker. And you will need a longer screw.

- COLLEEN NEAL (Marietta, GA), 09/27/2017

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