I am an amateur. There is a leak in this pipe valve. Water is dripping. Should I try to fix it myself (how?), or call a plumber?

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    Where is the valve leaking from? How are the PVC pipes connected to the brass valve? Dec 4 '16 at 17:29
  • If this is a brand new installation, and the leak from the valve stem is minimal, it may just stop a few days later as PETF bushing swells. I had that experience a couple months ago. If however it is a significant leak, please post where it is.
    – ajeh
    Jul 5 '17 at 21:49

If the leak is from under the nut at the handle, remove the nut and the handle. Under the handle may be a nut. If so this is a packing nut. Tighten the nut clockwise just a bit at a time until the drip quits. If there is no packing nut then replace the handle and tighten the nut for the handle: this nut could be doing double duty as a packing nut and to hold the handle on. If neither attempt stops the drip you may have to replace the valve.

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