Plumbing Valves

Learn how to fix leaks, silence noisy valves, and install all types of plumbing valves, from shut-off to supply valves.

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  • How to Fix a Leaking Shutoff Valve

    This quick DIY fix for a leaky water shutoff valve is something even a novice can handle. Follow our how-to steps and photos for complete…

  • How to Locate Your Gas Shutoff Valve and Water Shutoff Valve

    Don't wait until you have a home emergency to try and find your gas or water shutoff valves. This article will help you locate them now.…

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  • How to Replace a Shutoff Valve

    You can spend time rebuilding the old valve, but the problems will just reappear years from now. The best way to deal with bad valves is to…

  • Fi a Water-Shutoff Valve Leak

    Don't panic if you get a little leak when opening or closing a water shutoff valve under a sink or toilet or in your basement. You can usually…

  • Stop Plumbing Leaks With Ball-Type Shutoff Valves

    Ball valves will shut off the water to faucets and toilets more reliably than standard valves. They cost only a little more.

  • Plumbing Valve Basics

    Get a close-up, cutaway view of a stop valve, gate valve and ball valve, along with detailed explanations of how they work and advantages and…

  • Fix a Leaky Shutoff With a Supply Valve Piggyback

    Shutting off the house water supply to change a leaky shutoff valve can be a big inconvenience. Instead, just add a repair valve and leave the…

  • Silence a Noisy Check Valve

    Sump pumps and sewage ejector pumps rely on check valves to stop backflow, but they can be noisy when they slam close. Quieter alternatives are…

  • Install a Valve for an Icemaker

    Don't use a saddle tee valve for an icemaker or water filter supply line. A tee with a shutoff is much more reliable, and easy to install.

  • Fix a Leaky Shut Off Valve

    Shutoff valve leaks are usually caused by loose packing nuts. A slight turn of a wrench often stops the leak.

  • Home Repair: How to Replace the Main Shut Off Valve

    Main water shutoff valves can become clogged with mineral deposits and grit, causing slow leaks. With the right materials and correct procedure,…


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