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Old 03-17-2013, 10:45 PM   #16
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Hmm that's another thing, if I'm allowed to touch that valve I can probably do the whole thing myself. I'll have to call the city. Still need to wait till summer though, but I'll try the rubber hose and hose clamp trick and see how that goes.
I'm picturing shoveling the snow off the valve box. Then using a propane weed burner to thaw out the lid- now your home free

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Old 03-20-2013, 04:08 PM   #17
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Came home from my night shift and my bucket overflowed in less than 12 hours and I had water all over. Thankfully it actually missed the pile of lumber I have to finish my basement and it missed most other items. Got a bunch of old computers and my mitre saw but it's only like maybe 5mm of water at most. It seems to have pooled in one corner of the basement. I know where to put a water sensor when I install those! Decided to see if I can take the plug off with pliers while not forcing too much, and I managed to get it off! I was just scared that if I use any excessive force it breaks with the threads and everything, but guess it's not THAT brittle.

It's completely used up, I can barely see what's left of the ring. Also there is a hole on the side, it looks like it's by design, but that's probably where the water was coming out and why anything I tried shoving in it from the threads was not doing anything at all.

Are these pretty standard? I have a 1/2 valve and the one from that valve does not fit, but if I buy a 3/4 valve will that plug fit? I may as well go buy a 3/4 one and then when I get the plumber to change it, I can just have him use that one. Also is it typical for the main valve to come in on 3/4 pipe and then convert straight to 1/2? I'm wondering if I can just get a straight 3/4 valve and then that way in the future if I want to add a fixture that needs 3/4 or redo my plumbing with a manifold, then at least I can.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:55 PM   #18
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Just cut a new piece of rubber and put it in the bottom. Old inner tube, a piece of cork, etc etc etc
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:09 PM   #19
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Managed to find some rubber from an old computer fan sound shock and managed to cut a piece, and it worked! Figured it would need to be perfectly round for it to truely work but looks like it's holding up.

Also had a heart attack moment when I saw water coming from under the water tank, thought the tank got a leak, but then realized it was the T&P valve that discharged a bit of water. Going to have to keep an eye on that.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:29 PM   #20
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Redsquirrel,

Just a suggestion, your lcoal HD, lowes or plumbing supply store have those caps as well - all sizes. U do not have to buy entire valve. just caps. Take old one with u, there are a couple different sizes. I keep a couple on hand. Glad u where finally able to get it off.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:39 PM   #21
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Good to know, I would have checked when I went, but turns out the rubber seems to be holding up. (that's good, in more than just this situation LOL). Now if I can make this last at least a couple months I'll be happy. The snow has to melt eventually.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:47 PM   #22
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Roger that RS. I'm in upstate NY, we just got hammered with 13.8 inches of snow yesterday,temps in 30's during day, teens at night, way below normal for this time of year. Plus, today is the 1st day of spring by the calender.


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