Replacing a couple of dripping valves


Old 05-21-03, 11:47 AM
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Replacing a couple of dripping valves

Quick question. About how much is a reasonable price to have three or four dripping shuttoff valves replaced?

I did one a while back and it was a pain and I don't have the right tools to do it. I have galvanized steel pipes.
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Old 05-21-03, 11:55 AM
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If they're dripping around the stem, they may only need new graphite or teflon packing string wound around the stem under the retaining cap (depending on the type of shut-off valve).
Turn off the water main, remove the retaining cap and wrap packing string around the stem, and tighten the cap back on.
You should be able to do this with an adjustable wrench, small pipe wrench, or a pair of channel-lock pliers.
Basic tools and a little effort are a lot less expensive than calling a plumber for this kind of thing, which can be fixed in minutes.
If the shut-off valves are dripping through the faucet when supposedly turned completely off, then they may just need new washers on the end of the stem, instead of replacing, also.
Good Luck!
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Very helpful... it looks like they are all dripping through the main screw... I assume that is what you mean by the main stem... I can definitely try that.

For the last one, I just replaced the whole valve... I found that to be a real pain and don't feel like doing it again...
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