shut off valve leaking

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Old 03-21-04, 02:18 PM
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shut off valve leaking

hi. i've replaced the entire innards of my toilet. i had to use caulking (thanks to advice from a forum member here!) to avoid leakages from the tank.

however, i've run into a new problem.

the tank is no longer leaking. however, i have a sponge under my water pipe and shutoff valve, and am noticing that a leak is coming out right from the valve itself, not the pipe.

i really don't want to replace either the pipe, or the entire toilet, as we'll be re-doing the bathroom in teh next year or so. is there any stop-gap measure i can take until then, just to ensure no leaking from the valve itself?

many thanks in advance
 
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Old 03-21-04, 05:24 PM
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What type of pipe is it? Galvanized? Copper? Plastic?
How is the valve attached to the pipe? Threads? Compression fitting? Soldered?
Where, exactly is the leak coming from? Connection? Around valve stem?
Give us a little more info, and we'll be glad to help you.
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Old 03-21-04, 05:43 PM
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What type of pipe is it? Galvanized? Copper? Plastic?
How is the valve attached to the pipe? Threads? Compression fitting? Soldered?
Where, exactly is the leak coming from? Connection? Around valve stem?
*so* sorry!!!

I totally forgot to mention all of that. duh.

Everything is attached to everything else with bolts. So, I'm guessing that would be "threads", in answer to your question.

The leak is right by the oval head of the valve, as opposed to by the pipe. I've checked, though, and everything seems to be tight. I seriously don't think this has been changed since the building was built in '79, as the toilet manufacturer is out of business now. The pipe is pulling out of the wall, but as I said, I don't want to mess with that yet. (I don't have the money right now!)
Thanks again!
 
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Old 03-21-04, 05:52 PM
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Easy.
First, try stopping the leak by snugging up the valve stem retaining cap clockwise.
If that doesn't stop it, turn the main water supply valve off, remove the cap and re-wrap the valve stem with new packing string (black graphite or white teflon string made for the purpose).
Good Luck!
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