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I am updating a bathroom (not renovating), mostly cosmetic
I am updating a bathroom (not renovating), mostly cosmetic in my house. I haven't touched the plumbing since we moved in last summer. The shut-off valves need to be replaced and there are a total of 5 in this bathroom (bidet-hot cold, toilet-cold, sink-hot cold, nothing for the shower).The bidet valves are missing their handles and the cold supply line won't close 100%, it dripped about 3/4" of water overnight into a cup.The sink valves are missing their handles and the cold line is completely stripped, so I can't turn it off.The pipes are steel and the valve fits inside the pipe rather than screws over it. I'm unsure whether the pipes are threaded on the inside or not.The problem is that all but one of the pipes are flush with the tile. There would be no way to hold the steel pipe with a wrench without tearing out tile, which I really don't want to do right now.Furthering the problem is that the house is old (200-300 years) and made of brick, mortar and stone. Therefore, cracking a pipe would be disastrous.My question: If I were to simply add another shutoff valve to the line (rather than replacing the existing valves), would I be at serious of leaks, broken pipes, etc.? I would simply leave the current valves on and open and use a new valve on each line as the actual shut-off valve.Thanks!
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I bought a new bidet and need help figuring out the
Hi,I bought a new bidet and need help figuring out the right connector to get the water supply hooked up.Now I need to connect a water filter (which has a 7/8" male connector) to the inlet line for my toilet. The inlet to the toilet appears to be a 3/8" female connector, which leads to an anti-siphon fill valve.I'm trying to find an adapter or hose that will connect the 7/8" male connector to the 3/8" female connector, and after 20 minutes of searching online I've given up. I'm hoping you can find a Home Depot or Amazon listing (or anywhere online, frankly).
have a client with a kohler k412-4 verticle spray bidet. My
have a client with a kohler k412-4 verticle spray bidet. My client base does not expose me to this type of fixture so my knowledge is limited to this service manual which doesn't have a trouble shooting section. In fact when investigating the unit on line it's almost like there has never been any issues at all. The vertical spray does not function and when you turn on the water it flows from the top porcelain hole only. The drain mechanism also does not work but I assume this is an easy fix. Can I get this thing working without yanking it out, wasting a whole day and starting from scratch?
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I need some recommendations for good quality angle stop valves
I need some recommendations for good quality angle stop valves to install at the kitchen/lavatory faucets and also for toilets/bidets. Thank you! By good quality, I mean very well built, strong and it wouldn't hurt if it was easy on the eye either. Thank you.
I have a Toto Piedmont bidet with a vertical spray, installedView more plumbing questions
I have a Toto Piedmont bidet with a vertical spray, installed in 2005. In the last few months I've had problems with shuddering pipes that seem to be related to the cold water shutoff valve of the bidet. This so far has not happened when a plumber was present. He said it might be due to valve flutter but he can't rule out issues with the Toto toilet which is on the same cold water line. I can stop the shuddering by flushing the toilet and running water in the bidet but this is not a great way to live.Should I have the plumber replace the shutoff valve? And is there a ceramic valve that is appropriate and that would never flutter?