I noticed an irrigation control box filling up with water even when the sprinklers and gate valve were off. In order to trace the leak I removed approx 4 inches of dirt to reveal the fittings. I noticed water trickling out from under this round area - I think its called the bonnet? Its the part that is screwed onto the T pipe joint. I tried tightening it which only slowed the leak. This joint has probably been buried under damp soil for years - in fact it moves easily when I attempt to open or close the valve.
Is it possible to get a new valve and replace it to stop the leak? Could it be a rubber washer? I've got a wrench, channel locks, plumbers tape. Here are photos that may help.