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Any way to fix a shower handle dripping through the stem?

Unlike most answers I've found, this valve is not leaking at the seat washer. I still replaced that since I had the valve open. I tried putting some packing inside the concentric nuts, the silver one ...
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Problem With Sprinkler Backflow Device

I recently moved into a new house. I was trying to test out the sprinkler system. I turned on the sprinkler valve in the utility room. I also turned on the valve on the backflow device (I think - ...
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Hot Water stopped working in Kitchen Faucet

In the process of a failed attempt at fixing our dishwasher, I turned off the hot water valve beneath the sink. After turning it back on, the hot water side of the faucet no longer works! Our faucet ...
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How do I find the water main entry point to my house?

My house has no apparent main water line shut off valve. Usually one would find a shut off valve right near where the water main entered the house structure. At my current house I have never been able ...
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Regarding detaching a tube from a valve on the top of a water storage tank

I am trying to perform the tank sanitizing operation for the reverse osmosis system. One of the procedures involves detaching the tube from the valve, as shown in the first figure. The document does ...
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How do I fix a leaking outside shutoff valve?

I decided to turn the outside water tap on this weekend, and when I did I noticed the valve inside that connects to the main (in the basement) seems to be leaking a lot along the threads of the valve. ...
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Why are ball valves spherical instead of cylindrical? [closed]

It seems strange to me that ball valves are ball-shaped, when I would have thought a rotating cylinder with a transverse hole cut in the same way would be easier and cheaper to machine. Does anyone ...
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I Replaced Pressure Relief Valve on Rinnai water heater (twice!!). New one does not hold ANY pressure

I just finished replacing the pressure relief valve on my Rinnai hot water heater. Everything went well, I turned on the cold input and wham, water just started gushing out of the relief valve. All ...
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Replace chrome toilet shut-off valve

My house was built in 1971. All the toilets have these supposedly chrome supply pipes coming out from the wall and then a bendable probably aluminum pipe going up to the toilet. No problem unless ...
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Is this Fafco valve actuator actually a Jandy?

My pool's solar panel valve actuator is not working any more. The temperature panel lights up but the valve seems broken. It doesn't move and I can't manually adjust the handle. I bought the house a ...
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can a Shower valve screw shut off stop be replaced on Devonshire Kohler single handle

I have a Kohler, Devonshire, single handle shower. The screw shut off valve appears to be malfunctioning, stuck in the off position so I am not getting hot water in the tub or shower head. Can the ...
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What happens when there is no heat demand?

What happens when there is no heat demand? By heat demand I mean there is no demand for space heating or domestic hot water. Is the water inside the pipes still flowing? Is this why bypass valves ...
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How can I fix a leaky tap (exterior of the house) that I can't turn off the water source?

I have a leaky tap that's dripping water. I saw many videos teaching people how to fix it. However, the first step always involves turning off the water source from the inside. I have two water ...
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How can I repair a slow drip at the main water shutoff valve?

I noticed a slow drip and wondering if solution is to turn the nut clockwise to solve. I normally would give it a go but since this is the main water shutoff I figured it'd be smart to get some ...
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Replacement water shut off valve stem is too short to protrude past the wall board

In my condo, I replaced my old, crusty, main shutoff gate valve with a brand new ball valve. The only problem is that the distance from the base of the gate valve to the end of its stem is about two ...
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1/4 turn shutoff valve doesn't completely turn water off

My 1/4 shut off valve still allows a very small amount of water through when turned off. This valve controls a line that I need to disconnect while long term repairs are in effect and it effectively ...
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Can I use existing 1/4 inch copper tubing for an in-the-wall ice box shut-off valve box behind the Refrigerator?

our old house has a new problem when we recently bought a new refrigerator from Costco: the installation guy requested us to have an in-the-wall shut-off valve first before he can install the fridge; ...
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How can I fix a shower faucet valve where hot and cold suddenly reversed?

We have one of those faucets with one handle which first goes to cold and then progresses to hot as you go further from off. Or, at least, it used to be that way. We went on vacation, had someone ...
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backwater valve: flap on top vs flap on bottom

I am getting a backwater valve installed in my basement (so the backwater valve should be easily accessible). There seems to be two models recommended by the people I got quotes from, one with the ...
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Help identifying shower valve

I'm hoping someone might be able to help me identify the brand of my shower valve... I can't seem to find any identifying marks on either the handle, trim or valve itself. Here's a few photos:
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Plumbing system and pipes concerned?

We have a concern on installing the two waters that supply with two house, where the metal pipe connecting from the municipal city water elevated and divided into t-shape directly to the line. ...
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Why would I have little to no water pressure after reopening the main water valve?

I had turned off the main in my basement today so I could replace a couple of leaky valves in my basement bathroom and under my upstairs kitchen sink. turned on all the valves and opened up the main. ...
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Outside valve solution needed due to steel walls being installed too close to the water line.

I need some sort of faucet/valve to tie into my water line that will allow people to use the water faucet without ripping their fingers/hands. The plumbing solution is to rip it out and replace the ...
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Is this Orbit Sprinkler Timer (Model 57894) compatible with Rainbird Valve(s)?

I recently purchased an Orbit Model # 57894, and I'm trying to use it with these Rainbird Valves. I've got it all setup and connected, however it won't turn on the sprinklers on schedule or on manual ...
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Mystery valve on hot water line from water heater

I have a 1/2" od PVC outside my home with a steady drip of water. It is a few inches above the line that runs to the TPR valve on the water heater (confirmed by opening the valve). It's not the AC ...
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Any pitfalls to shutting off house water supply while working?

I want to replace the faucet for my kitchen sink. The shutoff valves for both hot and cold are stuck open. I assume I should either try to unfreeze the valves or eventually replace them. If I'm in ...
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How can I test a dishwasher's water inlet valve?

Our Bosch dish-washing machine (SGS 6902EU/07) is no longer filling in with water, displaying "F" on the led panel. Opening the side panel I see that no water is flowing in from the water mains. The ...
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Backwater valves, furnace drains, and vent pipes

I'm having a house built and I got a picture of the drain pipes in the basement prior to pouring the slab, and it looks like this: The left blue circle is a floor drain for the furnace, the right ...
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No water comes out of the toilet's refill tube

I just took apart the valve inside of my toilet to fix a crack in the floater. It's a Fluidmaster 300: When I put the thing back together and turn the water back on, no water comes out of the ...
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Do pressure reducing valves also function as check/one-way valves?

If installing a pressure reducing valve, is there any sense in installing a one-way check valve in series, or would it be redundant? (i.e. does the PRV also act as a one-way valve?)
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Removing the handle from this type of faucet/tap

I have this type of washing machine faucet/tap in my apartment. Any idea how to remove the handle? There isnt any screw on top(after removal of the sticker), by the side, or back of the handle. Is ...
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Shower Valve / Diverter pipe thread size

I am ordering my pex parts and am wondering what standard tub/shower valves use on the adapter. Male or female? 1/2" or 3/4" size? I'd prefer a reputable brand but it looks like the adapters vary...
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What can I do about a shower valve stem that is too far recessed after tiling?

I am putting a shower back together after tiling it and putting fixtures back in. I bought a Moen universal shower handle trim kit because it was really the only thing I saw in a metal finish with ...
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Water leaking up the stem on the main water shutoff valve

There is a leak (and getting worst) where water is coming up the stem on the main water valve (angled globe valve I think). I know I may be able to fix this by tightening the gland nut, but I cant ...
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Is it acceptable to not have access to the main water shutoff valve?

I recently learned that our 1970s townhouse doesn't have its own main water shutoff. Instead, two contractors have access to a room with a water shutoff for the building (about a dozen units). My ...
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What's the name of this kind of valve?

I would like to install the smart radiator thermostat from my previous apartment: However, in the new apartment there are different kind of valves, with clamps, as seen here: Does anyone know ...
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What should I do about my toilet flapper sticking open?

The flapper valve in the toilet in my apartment was recently replaced, since it had a small leak. The new one has a perfectly good seal, but sometimes just gets stuck open. It looks like it's just ...
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Can somebody identify this Moentrol valve?

I want to replace the cartridge for this valve because pulling the handle to turn on the water has become more and more difficult. I would like to figure out what cartridge I need to buy for this. ...
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Identifying valve in a flat

I would like to know what is this valve for? I'm guessing it may be water, is that right? The valve is located in a flat in the wall. side question Shall I move it from time to time so it doesn't ...
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Should I remove this saddle valve, if so what is the best way to do so?

Currently this saddle valve is exposed but I would like to close this wall up. Before I do I'd like to know if I should leave the valve as-is or if I should remove it. If I remove it what is the ...
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How do I replace a worn isolation valve which is partially recessed into a tiled wall?

The outer screw on an isolation valve in our bathroom has been worn away: We believe it needs to be replaced. The valve itself is partially recessed into the bathroom's tiled wall: We have a few ...
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Help identifying a compression valve in a bar-style sink

I can't locate any markings on this valve, but I believe it's recent as the building was renovated in 2007. I saw this great answer which recomended using http://faucetpartsplus.com but I wasn't able ...
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Why isn't there hot water in the shower, when there is hot water in the rest of the condo?

I moved into a condo two days ago, and found that while the rest of the plumbing in the house has hot water, the shower when turned to hot just has a cool trickle emanating from the tap. The cold ...
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Replacing water heater gas control valve

First let me summarize my questions, then provide detail: Summary: Can a newer gas control valve be installed on an older water heater? As an individual who has never attempted something like this ...
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No heat going to zone (baseboard)

We have a three-zone baseboard heating system. One day it became extremely hot in one of the zones on the 1st floor; it seemed as though the system was pumping hot water no matter what the thermostat ...
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How can I bleed my valves if they are turned towards the wall?

The radiator valve spout is turned away from me. What can I do to bleed these radiators?
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How can I remove this valve?

I am trying to replace the valve connecting the water line to the sink in my bathroom. The piping and sink were installed in 1975. I'm stuck trying to remove the valve under the sink (see picture ...
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Uninstal this shower tub valve

I need to do some work behind the shower tub valve buthadno idea how to remove this one. I only found two screws one the back panel but the panel is still blockedby the handle. I can't find anyway to ...
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Is there a commodity 3 or 4 way valve that can be electrically controlled?

I live out here in the San Francisco bay area where it doesn't rain in the summer. So I want to make an automated plant watering device. I already have a water pump intended for solar water heating ...
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How tight should a Maid-o-Mist steam valve adjustment screw be?

I have a single pipe steam heat system with radiators. To use this system I use the Maid-o-Mist brand valves. These valves come in different sizes. The website provides a nice diagram about what ...