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The water stop valve at the wall, that serves the icemaker

The water stop valve at the wall, that serves the icemaker in our refrigerator broke when I tried to shut it off. The on/off lever just broke right off.I shut down the water in my house, as it sprayed everywhere.I need to replace the valve, or at least just close it off with an end piece, but I am not sure what to remove, or exactly what I am looking at.The black putty is where the valve broke off, and I put it there to stop any dripping.

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I have a 1966 house and we are replacing the original sinks

I have a 1966 house and we are replacing the original sinks with new ones. The pipes for the faucet jut out way too far for the sink we are using (maybe around 6" or so, and our sink cabinet needs them to be essentially flush with the wall.)The nipple looks like galvanized steel (very heavy), and the 90 degree fitting in the wall looks to be galvanized as well.My question is - can I just replace these with new, galvanized nipples and get new shutoff valves? Eventually I know we should replace the galvanized pipes in the wall, but for now is that an acceptable fix?

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I am fixing an old-fashioned soaker tub drain. I did

I am fixing an old-fashioned soaker tub drain. I did everything as recommended: thread sealant, new gasket, plumber's putty, the whole nine yards, and the water still drips through to my basement. I strongly suspect it is not a drain problem but something else. But what could it be? Any ideas very welcome. Detailed pictures attached.

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9 year old gas water tank in Austin Texas. 12 year guarantee

9 year old gas water tank in Austin Texas. 12 year guarantee Rheem tank, the best I could buy, and professionally installed. It pops a lot when heating. I replaced the anode a few months ago. Old one was 90% intact, but so covered with white/brown minerals that I had a hard time just getting it out. Rheem tank is supposed to be maintenance free, and the plumber who installed it told me there was never a need to drain it. I have however drained it several times in recent months. Some sand and white flecks comes out of there, but the sediment is not heavy and after a 30 minute full force flush I might get a spoonful or two of sediment out of there, nothing more. I tried two vinegar flushes. 40 gallon tank. I used 3 gallons of vinegar in half a tank. Let it sit there six hours. Second time I drained the whole tank, and added 4 gallons of pure vinegar. This time I let it sit there 12 hours. Some small black flecks came out, and some more sand, but the water heater still pops and crackles when heating. I do not have a water softener. Sometimes the shower head will clog with minerals, but I can always wipe them off with my finger to restore full flow, and the white clothes come out of the washer OK, so I don't think my water is too hard. I honestly don't know what is on the bottom of the tank. It can't be too thick, or it wouldn't drain so easily. I think it is sand that flushes out in very small quantities, but I'm not sure. It seems to be a darker color than the minerals that were built up on the anode. Other than the popping noise after taking a shower, the water heater seems to work fine. I'm wondering if there is some way to clean it out, or whether to just replace it. I obviously don't want an unpredictable failure requiring an emergency replacement.d On the other hand this this thing offered a lifetime warranty with the professional installation that I paid for.JA: How long has this been going on? And how severe is the problem?Customer: The popping noise started about 3 years ago, or so. Most noticeable during the winter months after taking a shower. The tank sits in the attic, so the popping noise seems to echo via the ceiling. Annoying, but not terrible.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: No, I think that pretty much sums it up. Feel free to ask any more questions with regards ***** ***** I may have neglected to mentionJA: The Plumber's require payment for their services. It's way less expensive on JustAnswer than face-to-face would cost.Customer: understood

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I am looking to purchase a foreclosed property that has been

I am looking to purchase a foreclosed property that has been vacant for years. It was listed as being tied in to the city sewer. I have discovered that it is not tied in and that it is still on a septic system. The main sewer discharge pipe in the basement has evidence of leaks along the entire pipe. Being a foreclosure, there is no water to the property. Does this sound like possible septic failure?

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I need to replace the thermocouple on our water heater, but

I need to replace the thermocouple on our water heater, but it is left hand threaded and I am having difficulty locating one. I am trying to decide if I would be better off just replacing the entire unit.JA: What's the make and model of your machine? And can you guesstimate how old it is?Customer: it is about 8 years old. I believe it is a whirlpool. I have the modelnumber as FG1F5040T3NOV. This will be the second time we have replaced the thermocoupleJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: No, we have a family friend who is a plumberJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I believe that is allJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Appliance Technician about your situation and then connect you two.

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Can i reuse the Ferrule and bottom on a compression shut off

Can i reuse the Ferrule and bottom nut on a compression shut off valve? If not and there is minimum pipe coming through wall, what's my best approach?

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WCohn

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There is water leaking from under a driveway. the leak is

There is water leaking from under a driveway. the leak is between the lawn and drivewayJA: How long has this been going on? And how severe is the problem?Customer: neighbor noticed it monday and it was minor. today she came to house and said it was leaking more. thought it might be a sprinkler head, but it is noit. it is coming from undergroundJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: no, i am a widowJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Plumber about your situation and then connect you two.

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I had a plumber install the toilet flange too gh tile floor

I had a plumber install the toilet flange too high for the tile floor I put in, so I cut off the flange and trimmed the pipe flush with the tile and used a hole saw to bore out the old flange.I now have a 4" wide hole, but I was kind of messy with the hole saw and the new flange is not that snug in the hole. It isn't LOOSE per-se, but it drops down easily into the hole. Should I attempt to glue it to the pipe? Or do I need to get a "repair" flange?

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