Plumbing Valve Basics

Is one type better than the other?

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Plumbers tape
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Soldering torch
  • Tube cutter

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Stop, gate or ball valve
  • Solder
  • Flux

When used for water, valves can be soldered in place.