Plumbing Valves projects
How to Replace a Shutoff Valve
You can spend time rebuilding the old valve, but the problems will just reappear years from now. The best way to deal with bad valves is to…
How to Locate Your Gas Shutoff Valve and Water Shutoff Valve
Don't wait until you have a home emergency to try and find your gas or water shutoff valves. This article will help you locate them now.…
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Fixing a Water-Shutoff Valve Leak
Don't panic if you get a little leak when opening or closing a water shutoff valve under a sink or toilet or in your basement. You can usually…
Plumbing Valve Basics
Get a close-up, cutaway view of a stop valve, gate valve and ball valve, along with detailed explanations of how they work and advantages and…
Silence a Noisy Check Valve
Sump pumps and sewage ejector pumps rely on check valves to stop backflow, but they can be noisy when they slam close. Quieter alternatives are…
Install a Valve for an Icemaker
Don't use a saddle tee valve for an icemaker or water filter supply line. A tee with a shutoff is much more reliable, and easy to install.
Stop Plumbing Leaks With Ball-Type Shutoff Valves
Ball valves will shut off the water to faucets and toilets more reliably than standard valves. They cost only a little more.
Fix a Leaky Shutoff With a Supply Valve Piggyback
Shutting off the house water supply to change a leaky shutoff valve can be a big inconvenience. Instead, just add a repair valve and leave the…
Fix a Leaky Shut Off Valve
Shutoff valve leaks are usually caused by loose packing nuts. A slight turn of a wrench often stops the leak.
Home Repair: How to Replace the Main Shut Off Valve
Main water shutoff valves can become clogged with mineral deposits and grit, causing slow leaks. With the right materials and correct procedure,…
How to Repack a Stem Seal on a Street Valve
Repair a leak around the packing nut of a street valve by wrapping new packing rope around the stem, a five-minute fix.