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redneckgeek 01-06-2008 11:17 PM

bent the stub out
Hi everyone. I need some info and advice. I have very minor "plumbing" experience, replacing appliances & supply lines, valves etc. Never really had any difficulties. I never did anything in the wall.

I knocked off a valve turner thing to the sink in my spare bath. It leaked for a while and has now trashed the vanity. We wanted to re-do that bathroom anyway.

So I go to take the faulty valve off of the copper stub out and it won't budge. Lots of tools, lots of new words for my kids to learn. I finally managed to break the face of the valve (where the turner was) and then made a puller and got the valve off. In doing this, I both bent and slightly squished the stub out, but not so much where the compression fitting rides. I got the new compression valve installed, and it is not leaking.

Finally, my questions: I know I moved the stuff inside the walls some. Is this generally trouble, or should there be some flexibility in the piping? Also, there is a copper plate (?) inside the drywall, between the drywall and the piping. What is that for? Do I need to hack into the drywall to check the stub out connection for cracks or ?? Should I call a pro and let them decide?

Thanks for any assistance.

Mike Swearingen 01-07-2008 12:49 AM

As long as nothing is leaking, things inside the wall should be OK.
That plate is probably installed to prevent drywall nails and screws from hitting the pipe and fittings.

redline 01-07-2008 07:50 AM

Can you post a photo?

redneckgeek 01-07-2008 09:10 AM

Yeah, I will try to do that tonight. It might not be too helpful as it is really tight in there. (it seems they don't figure someone repairing something into the design)

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