Questions tagged [shutoff]

A shutoff is a valve used to turn plumbing on or off at the place you use it (like a sink). Use with the [plumbing] tag

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Kitchen Water Valve Not Working but Working

I am first time home owner facing a plumbing issue so any advice will help a lot. Underneath my kitchen sink basin looks the photo below. Recently I was trying to adjust water pressure and all of ...
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Can I connect a bidet spray to the shut off valve of the faucet?

In my new home the toilet tank is in the wall. There is no access to the toilet shut off valve to install a bidet spray. The faucet has a reasonable distance from the toilet. I was wondering if is it ...
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Plumbing part on shutoff

What is the part above the ball valve? What does it do?
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How do I replace the shutoff valve on steel pipe? [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me what I’m working with here? I’d like to replace this gnarly shutoff valve (for a toilet) with one of the newer style quarter turns. It’s an old house, and I believe the supply pipe ...
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Thermostat running past set temperature of heat

Heat keeps running after it reaches set temp. I have replaced the system with a new Honeywell (non-programmable) Thermostat. (I even tried that twice). Replaced the Fan Relay as well. Maintenance ...
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How to remove this water shut off valve under the kitchen sink?

I'm trying to remove the sink cabinet but I'm stuck at these water shut off valves and the escutcheons. Water is off already. Tried to use a wrench but didn't seem to do much.
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Can I unscrew this pipe cover behind an access panel?

I just want to double check I am not going to unscrew something and get a surprise. I want to find the water shut off for my bath, which a plumber turned off today while I was out of the house (the ...
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Do I need to shut off water to replace shower diverter? (apartment building)

I just moved into a new apartment and my push-button shower diverter is broken- water's coming out of both the showerhead and the faucet when I push the button. I see it's relatively easy to fix, and ...
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How do I replace a shutoff valve when the valve upstream still leaks a bit, too?

My main water shutoff valve inside my house needs to be replaced. I've got access to the shutoff valve in the street, but that valve leaks a bit, too. The water doesn't flow with the street-side ...
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Shut off valve still leaking after being replaced

I just replaced the entire shut off valve for my toilet and its still leaking. I used all new parts. Would could be the issue?
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Solutions for a difficult-to-reach shut-off valve

To access the shut-off valve in my condo, I need to physically enter the crawlspace and squeeze through a knee wall, all the while avoiding ductwork, cables, and other pipes. The photo below is taken ...
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New plumbing - Lose Water Pressure in Outdoor Hose

First time soldering plumbing. Replaced shut-off and new frost free bib. The water pressure in house is normal. When I use the hose it spurts out water normally with good pressure then 2 seconds ...
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Water heater problems after water was shut off

I just purchased the house and I did not convert the water utility into my name in time and it was shut off. (The water will be off for 4 days as its the weekend). The water pump on top of the ...
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Where to install water shutoff valve

I'm remodeling a bathroom in a house built in 1993 (Midwest USA). Apparently the plumbers didn't add shutoff valves under the main or master bathroom sinks... I've found plenty of instructions online ...
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My new Dyna-Glo heater won't stay consistently lit. How can I fix it?

The first time I installed this heater in a house it worked perfectly. It never went out unless we turned it off. Two months later I moved and installed it in my new house and now it either stays on ...
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Do I need to dielectrically insulate smart home shuttoff valve on water main?

I have a smart home automated shutoff valve that I want to install in my water main. The shutoff valve is a motorized ball valve on a stainless steel fitting. My water main is copper. I am aware of ...
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Bathroom sink valve drip

Issue: The cold water shut off valve in my bathroom sink has developed a slow drip over the past week. It fills up a medium sized bucket in the span of about a day. The drip seems to be coming from ...
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Running Oven and Oven Fan is turning off while running without tripping the circuit breaker

Recently when running in conjunction with my microwave was causing my oven to "turn off" (this also impacted by oven fan AND one of my bathroom switches which is on the other side of my ...
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Water Shut off Valve not turning back on

My condo unit's main cold water shutoff valve is not turning back on. Our building had some water maintenance yesterday and the we turned off both hot and cold water shutoff valves inside our unit. ...
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Water still running after shutoff

We have a waterpik handheld showerhead that is dripping. I shut off the water at the street, and the inlet valve on our instant hot water heater. The water at the faucets is off. I turned the shower ...
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Green Corrosion on new sink shut off valve after only a year

I just noticed some green corrosion around the shut off valve area under a bathroom sink. This is a new shut off valve that was installed by a plumbing company only around a year ago. Should I have ...
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Shutting off water during extra-long term vacancy

If vacating a condo (for context, high floor apartment-style unit in hi-rise) that will not be used for quite a while, is it ok to shut off it's water for as long as TWO YEARS?
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Lights go out in part of the house whenever I plug.something in

Weird thing. Whenever I plug something (TV,computer, anything really besides the fridge which is even weirder) in in one part of the house a bzt bzt sounds can be heard, lights flicker and ...
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How to replace sink shut off valve

I would like to replace the old style shut off valve with the new 1/4 turn angle valve. My question is can I just unscrew the red part and screw in a new 1/4 turn one to the blue part so I don't have ...
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Saddle valve won't turn off

Can you actually turn off a saddle valve to replace a refrigerator and then turn it back on?
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Graphite packing rope squeezes out between valve stem and packing nut

I'm repairing an old brass hot water valve for my washing machine. I've removed the old packing material and replaced it with new graphite packing rope. I've tightened the packing nut until it is ...
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How to shut off water from city meter with no customer shut-off valve

I want to shut off the water from the main city supply in order to repair my main water valve inside the house. But there doesn't seem to be any shut-off valve, Please refer to pictures
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1/4 sink cold water shut off valve doesn’t completely stop water

My bathroom sink faucet is leaking and I’ve already replaced the aerator and was going to replace the seats and springs. Turned the hot water off successfully but when I tried to turn the cold water ...
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Trying to find a way to shut the power off in the detached garage without having to go back to the house to turn off the breakers

Each wire is already ran and hooked up to lights and outlets it was ran underground with pvc in to the detached garage
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Can I swap parts from a new to old shutoff valve instead of soldering a new sweat valve?

The shutoff valve on my water heater has an extremely slow leak. A couple years ago I disassembled it by removing the handle and changing out either the packing or the rubber washer, or maybe both (...
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Can anyone identify this type of shutoff valve?

What type of shut off valve is this, and can I replace it with a quarter turn ball compression valve?
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11/16 OD Toilet shut off

My house is 1920s, New England. its been upgraded and added onto a few times. 2nd floor toilet shut off was leaking. I cut off the valve as I was unable to safely get a torch on it to un-solder it....
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1/4" Reverse Osmosis Filter inlet line to undersink cold water line

I am trying to connect an under counter Reverse Osmosis ( R.O. ) filter inlet line (red 1/4" tubing) to the cold water supply line (3/8" black tubing in picture) under my kitchen sink. Can anyone ...
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What is this copper ring insert in my sharkbite supply valve?

I'm about to connect my new faucet supply lines to this new SharkBite™ valve. The valves came with these copper rings and I am wondering what they are and should I leave them in when connecting the ...
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Extend stem pipe

This is picture of my under the sink shuttoff valve for sink supply line. I need to replace valve. I have few questions. 1) what kind of valve should I choose ? Sweat joint,compression or push to ...
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What is happening to the surface of this shutoff valve?

Yes, I know it's rust, but should I be concerned? In the third picture you can see the complete layout, to the right is where the water enters the house with the first valve (green) before the meter, ...
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PVC ring Shut off valve? [duplicate]

I just bought a house built in 1984 it has PEX plumbing. I need to remove a toilet to install a new floor and I noticed the water supply line to the toilet connects to a water shut off valve that I’ve ...
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Can I turn the water supply to the shower off here (picture)?

I posted earlier about a Ghroe shower faucet that wouldn't turn off. I managed to finally get the handle off and now I am looking at this inside the wall. The flat head screws that are on the far ...
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Can I shut off the water to my house and safely leave the water heater on while I'm away on vacation for a week? [duplicate]

I plan to shut off the main water supply to my 2 story house before leaving for a week on vacation. I have an AO Smith gas 'powervent' water heater in the garage that I would like to set to 70*F ...
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Is this a gas shutoff valve

We are adding a ceiling in our basement (64 year old house) and can not locate a obvious shutoff valve. They recently removed the meter from within the house and put one outside, and it has a shutout ...
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Need to replace water shut off valve in house but city can't find water main shut off in the yard

The city water main shut off is in the front yard of our 1960s home that we've lived in for 15 years. A few decades ago, the previous owners filled in that part of the yard with a lot of fill to level ...
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Water shutoff valve for refrigerator

We need a shutoff valve for our refrigerator. We live in California. We have a copper water line to the fridge. My questions are: The line kit included a small brass shut off valve. The installer ...
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How should I disconnect my gas stove?

We want to replace our natural gas stove with an electric stove. I've never worked with gas lines before, and the installers who will deliver the electric stove won't disconnect the gas stove for us. ...
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How long should it take to drain a home's water pipes through a faucet?

Say I shutoff the water at the main of a 2-story house. I open a faucet on the first floor. How long should it take for the water to stop running from that single faucet? Will ALL the water from the ...
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Main water shut off

My main water shut off valve is in my laundry room. The valve is a most likely a globe valve. The handle is missing and the piece sticking out is stripped. I’ve use vice grips to turn it but it has ...
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Identifying My Main Water Shutoff Valve / Setup

I've owned my first home for a few years now, but have never truly known where my main water shutoff valve was, mainly because I've never really known how to identify it. I've looked around my utility ...
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Why aren’t there water shutoff valves for each room?

Had an issue today with a nail going through a water supply line in a bathroom. It got me wondering if there is a practical or technical reason there aren’t typically room-specific shut offs between ...
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Sink Angle Valve: Fully Open or closed Tiny Bit

I have a bathroom sink with angled faucet shutoff valves (they are around quarter turns). I closed them for repairs yesterday. After repairs, (1) should I leave the valves Fully Open, (2) or "Open ...
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Weird pipe shut off issue

This is a really weird issue and I am wondering if this is normal or if something is messed up with my plumbing. Anyways, twice now I have had to shut off the hot and cold water in different areas ...
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Do I need to prepare old pipe to install a compression fitting?

I bought a new multi-turn valve to replace a really old one. The new one has a compression fitting where the old one is soldered. My plan is to use a pipe cutter just below the soldered joint. I'm ...
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