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Shower valve identification

I am trying to buy replacement handles for an old shower. It’s a 3-handle with 4 spline hot/cold and a 17 spline diverter. I’m a bit in over my head here (no bathing puns intended) and I don’t know ...
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Replacement Parts for In Ground Grill

I need a new grill, and I'm going to try to get this in-ground grill up and running. This is a natural gas line that's run from the house. It's been unused in the seven years that we've been in the ...
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Is this natural gas shut off valve behaving correctly?

The natural gas shut off valve in the picture below is installed behind my oven. Usually when I see a valve like this, if I turn it 90 degrees, it will turn until it stops. When it stops 90 degrees ...
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identifying shower faucet assembly and advice on repair or replacement

The photos of the shower valve don't show any logo or identification. I "think" it's a Moen but am not sure. It's over 15 years old and dribbles. My question(s) are: Can you identify it, and any ...
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How does a diaphragm type bathroom fill valve stops water flow?

I'd would like to understand how this kind of fill valve does work: (Source) In this mechanism, the float (ballcock?) pushes on the indicated lever which in turn pushes the diaphragm to block the ...
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What kind of a valve is this?

I need to turn off the water supply to this washing machine. What kind of a valve is this? How do I operate it? Furthermore, why are there three rubber wires that leave the hot and cold water pipes? ...
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water valve to toilet will not shut off and the water is running more and more even when off

my toilet was being fix because one of my kids break it. the water valve was turn off but was leaking a lil bit then around 10:30 last night it sounding like my washer was being fill but it was coming ...
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Delay between toilet flushing and filling

Suddenly the cistern is only filling after a delay from 2 to 10 seconds whereas it was immediate some days ago. I didn't touch anything and I'm sure noone entered my flat. Not sure if it is a problem ...
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toilet basin rattling valve

our toilet water basin valve makes a terrible rattling noise when filling up with water. It's the left side tube making that. Any idea about possible solutions beyond calling a plumber and replacing ...
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Replacing toilet supply line and valve

I'm trying to replace the supply line and valve for my toilet but am having a hard time removing the coupling nut. I tried grabbing the fill valve and using a plier to remove the coupling nut but the ...
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Inlet valve to share between faucet and dishwasher

I just realized that my hot water 1/2" copper inlet in the kitchen is terminated with a regular single oulet valve but I do need to share it between the faucet and the adjacent dishwasher. Is there a ...
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How to choose a valve to use when plumbing a huge valve handle to my hose station

I am building a hose station in my backyard. For fun, I would like to use a huge vintage valve handle to operate the water coming out of a normal 3/4" hose. Obviously I can't connect anything like ...
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New washing machine inlet valve (the one in the machine, not one on the wall pipe) sounds like it periodically leaks water inside, does it need a fix?

So I have bought a front loading LG washing machine and I sometimes notice a hum noise starts and it seems like water flows through the hose into the washing machine, but not always just from time to ...
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Irrigation system: Backflow Preventer -> Master Valve vs Master Valve -> Backflow Preventer

I am in the process of designing my irrigation system, and I saw many people install the backflow preventer (reduced pressure zone device) first and then connect to an automatic master valve. However,...
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What caused my toilet's flapper valve to become spongy and disintegrate (see pictures)?

I just had the flapper valve fail one of my home's toilets. The rubber had become spongy, sticky, and was beginning to disintegrate. It's so soft now that it rubs off with the slightest touch. The ...
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Can this valve be used for water?

A water valve cracked today at my house and had to call a plumber. He replaced it with a gas valve (yellow handle). He said he uses gas valves because they are better quality. What he installed looks ...
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What tool is used to tighten a short pipe nipple?

What tool is used to tighten a short 1/2” x 1 1/2” nipple that screws into a shower valve behind the wall? Well a nipple extractor work if you turn it in the opposite direction (clockwise )?
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Did a pressure spike cause this valve body to crack in half?

So I'm down in the basement last night and hear water running. Turns out I've got water spraying out from a pipe located above the water heater. The water was jetting out from a valve I installed 4 ...
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Where are the Interior water valves for my outdoor hose bibs?

I live in a condo in Northeast Ohio. No basement, small patio with outside hose bibs. Interior wall has corner gas fireplace. I and two plumbers have searched everywhere for the interior valves to ...
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Why is my dishwasher drain pump constantly running?

We have a late 1960's Kitchenaid Superba (by Hobart) dishwasher. Problem: the drain operates continuously, so the dishwasher can never fill with water. (The water comes in, but it's immediately ...
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Remove shower faucet face plate

How do I remove the face plate on my shower faucet? There is a lip I cannot get over without damaging it. Thanks
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Shut off valve turned on - no water flow

My faucet drain stop needed fixing, I went below the sink, shut off the valves. After turning the shut off valves back on, no water flows through the faucet. Both hot and cold worked fine before ...
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How do I use this valve properly?

I have a valve in my heating system that I don't understand. I have searched on the internet but I haven't been able to find any information on it. What I do know is that the valve's purpose is that ...
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Is it possible to get high flow shower mixing valves in the United States?

I have to source a mixing valve for a shower that is being built. It will probably have a shower head that is at least 3 GPM. The problem is that as I understand it, most mixing valves on the market ...
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Pressure Reducing Valve at water meter--need some assistance--how install, what parts, tools. Newbie

How to put in PRV Valve 12 foot after home water meter. Thanks for your kind help. I may end up hiring a plumber but for $600 that 2 neighbors spent, I wonder if this is something I can do myself or ...
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Tankless water heater plumbing: neutralized condensate and pressure relief valve

Hello recently my old 50gal gas water heater developed a crack and started leaking. I replaced it with a tank-less gas heater. Everything is good, I installed the proper intake an exhaust with 3in ...
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Can I turn the water off at the street to work on my plumbing?

My angle valves under sink are hard to reach with garbage disposal in the way. Can I turn the water off at the street to change parts in faucet, or will this drain my gas hot water tank?
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Can this valve be removed?

Where would wrenches go? Does it need to be cut?
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Backup manual mixing valve to a digital thermostatic valve?

Is it possible, and if so has anyone actually plumbed a manual mixing valve as a backup to a digital thermostatic valve (e.g Moen U)? I have read about the battery backup option but thought about ...
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Single handle faucet problems

We have a single handle faucet in our kitchen sink, it started having issues where the water flow would sometimes be fine, sometimes non at all, or somewhere in between, at random, but almost never ...
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1/2“ OD Compression to 1/2” barb fitting?

I have a 1/2" copper pipe which has a 1/2" nom compression x 1/2" OD compression stop on it. I'd like to be able to put a 1/2" barb fitting to connect this to a hose. I can't find anything which ...
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How can I ensure an angle valve points in the direction I want it to? [duplicate]

This may sound silly but after a few home improvement projects involving minor plumbing tasks (like changing faucets) this has always bothered me. I'm going to talk about the specific example of an ...
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Why does a tub spout leak

Why does a tub spout leak. Brand new combo shower tub valve and tub spout. Will slowly leak over a few days before completely dries out, about a tablespoon. The plumber came back and replaced the ...
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Knob/handle to turn shower diverter valve

Handle for diverter valve. The plastic has split and will no longer turn the spindle which is 5 mm in diameter with a flat. The handle/ knob does not need to look like this one. I just want to be able ...
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What is the proper hole size in tile backer for a shower valve?

How big does the hole in the backer board need to be around the shower valve? My current hole is big enough to remove the cartridge clip. What is the purpose of the large hole pictured in the ...
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Shower Tub Valve leaking from behind cartridge

I have a Delta shower/tub valve which controls water flow to our tub (with a diverter that can be switched to shower). There is a slow leak from the tub faucet which I am trying to repair. This ...
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Small leak in bathtub valve stem (hot)

I replaced the valve stems in my bathtub yesterday. When screwing in both the cold and diverter stems, they slowly got tighter and tighter as I went (as expected). However, with the hot stem there ...
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Do I need a mixing valve in my boiler/water heater system?

My hot water seems to run out sooner in the winter than in the warmer months. This has been the case for the 5 years I’ve lived here. Last year seemed worse and this year though seems like even more ...
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Why am I getting cold water at faucets near the end of a circulation loop?

We have a circulating pump for our hot water tank - the pump sits between the tank and the line going into the house. The issue i'm facing is if the pump is not running, I get endless cold water to ...
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Why does shutting off cold water valve to the water heater shut down cold water in entire house?

I'm a new homeowner so maybe my understanding is off. My question is, why would turning off the cold water intake valve on the top of the heater turn off cold water to the entire house after about 12 ...
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Leaking Ball Valve

I have a Ball Valve that's leaking on some piping that I'm working on for an irrigation project. In the image, it's the one with the pink square around it. I bought 3 of them from Home Depot, all ...
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Are water passing valves supposed to be hard to open and close?

Is a passing valve like this supposed to be hard to open and close? The valve is new but it's hard to get open and then get closed. It takes me some force to get it going, but after I do, it slides ...
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No toilet shut off valve in my NYC apartment

So I'm trying to find the toilet shut off valve so that I can install a bidet, and I'm stymied. This is what is where the shut off should be, and I'm not sure what I'm looking at. There are normal ...
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shower water either hot or cold; not mixing; valve/ cartridge/ plumbing?

In my rental unit, the shower [no tub, just shower] faucet is completely goofed up. It's a 1 handle faucet. The hot and cold water don't mix. If it was a clock, 'off' is 12:00. Turn counter ...
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What's up with the PEX on this shower valve?

I've been using PEX for a couple years now. I came across a few shower valves recently, but the 1/2 PEX lines for the hot/cold are not what I'm used to seeing. Please compare my photo (top) with a ...
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Stuck valve on heating system

I've just moved into a new house and the heating doesn't work, hot water isn't circulating. I've narrowed it down to a stuck valve on the inflow to the water pump, it seems that the valve is closed. ...
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Shower hot water valve still “leaking” after replacement of washers

Thank you beforehand for the help. Issue we are experiencing is that we have a bathtub hot water valve that has started to leak again after replacing the washers about a month ago. Mind you this ...
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Quarter turn bathroom tap: Valve removal

I am dealing with a bathroom tap and wanting to replace the quarter turn tap valve as the tap is leaking. Here is the tap (I cannot find any brand details) Here is a close up of the cold tap: I can ...
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Washing machine shutoff valve won't close

My washing machine hot water shutoff valve doesn't close. The laundry room has separate shutoff valves for hot and cold water. I believe that the type of valve is a quarter-turn ball valve, although ...
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Shower valve: connecting 1/2 inch pipe to 1 inch shower valve (threaded)

first off, there are images attached for best description of the problem. The setup is: The 1/2 inch copper pipe connects to a threaded joint on the shower valve (1 inch), easy, right? Except when I ...