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Old 01-06-2008, 11:17 PM   #1
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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.


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Old 01-07-2008, 12:49 AM   #2
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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.


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Old 01-07-2008, 07:50 AM   #3
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Can you post a photo?
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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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