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Plumbing Valves

Learn how to fix leaks, silence noisy valves, and install all types of plumbing valves, from shut-off to supply valves.

  1. 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.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. Fix a Leaky Shut Off Valve

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    Shutoff valve leaks are usually caused by loose packing nuts. A slight turn of a wrench often stops the leak.

  2. Home Repair: How to Replace the Main Shut Off Valve

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    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.

  3. How to Repack a Stem Seal on a Street Valve

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    Repair a leak around the packing nut of a street valve by wrapping new packing rope around the stem, a five-minute fix.

  4. How to Locate Your Gas Shutoff Valve and Water Shutoff Valve

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    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.

  5. Plumbing Valve Basics

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    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.

  6. Fix a Leaky Shutoff With a Supply Valve Piggyback

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    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.

  7. Fixing a Water-Shutoff Valve Leak

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    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.

  8. How to Fix a Leaking Shutoff Valve

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    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.

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