A simple bidet installation got me in a mess. I closed the angle stop valve behind my toilet and removed the flex hose to install 1/2" to 3/8" threaded coupling. Then I connected a 3/8" T-adapter and connected my toilet hose to one end, and a bidet hose to the other. Worked great except for a slow drip between the threads of the stop valve and the coupler, even with 4 layers of Teflon tape. Many re-assemblies later, in an attempt to stop the leak I apparently over-tightened the coupler, and now when I try to loosen it (piece #3 in the picture) piece #2 goes with it, causing water to spurt out between pieces 1 and 2. It happens with the valve fully closed. Turns out the stop valve (a quarter turn valve) is made of 2 pieces threaded into each other, and now I'm disassembling the valve while it's trying to hold back water! I can't just tighten it up again either because the valve/coupler connection still seeps.
Any tricks for binding pieces #1 and #2 together so I can unscrew part #3? Part 2 doesn't have a hex shape to grab with a wrench. Assuming welding them together somehow is not an option since there's water in the pipe.
As for replacing the valve- we're in a condominium which has a cold water shutoff for our unit, but it turns continuously and doesn't shut off the water. I'd probably need to shut off water for all 7 units which requires advanced notice, and confidence. Would like to avoid it if possible.
I'll never over-tighten again and will choose parts with gaskets instead of threads only.
Thanks in advance.