Learn how to fix leaks, silence noisy valves, and install all types of plumbing valves, from shut-off to supply valves.
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.
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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, it's a safe and easy repair.
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.
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 disadvantages of each type.
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. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with the valves can help you avoid a disaster later.
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 old valve in place.
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 fix it in minutes with the turn of a wrench.
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 available to solve the problem.
How to Fix a Leaking Shutoff Valve
This quick DIY fix for a leaky water shutoff valve is something even a novice can handle. Follow our how-to steps and photos for complete instructions.