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Old 09-30-2008, 01:43 PM   #16
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HELP! I'm NOT a plumber. And I don't play one on T.V.!


I'm all about trying to learn, but with this it is 1/4 step forward and 20 steps backward! The first time this happened my hubby tried to
"educate" himself and 3 trips to Home Depot, 1 trip to Auto Store(to buy something the guy at HD told him he needed) and 6 hrs. later all
he had to show for it was a filthy bathroom and a very bad attitude! He threw up his hands in surrender and said, "Call the damn plumber"!

I got all our plumbing books out and still don't know what the heck to do because I can't even get the knobs off! I'm afraid I'll strip the threads. Now my husband's ticked because I'm too stubborn to call the plumber!

How can it still be dripping after 24hrs. and the water is shut off at the tub, and at the basement?

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Old 09-30-2008, 03:34 PM   #17
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How MUCH plumbing is 'above' this level?? If a multistory house and this is first floor,,,lots of water in all the lines to gravity out of there. Open a faucet much lower than this one and 'drain' the pipes,then it wont leak 'for awhile',,,even if the shutoff valve leaks past some...OOPS should have said higher faucet and lower faucet so air can get in,and water doesnt get air locked. THATS what you NEED to do to do ANY repair on this faucet anyway!!

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Old 09-30-2008, 04:26 PM   #18
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HELP! I'm NOT a plumber. And I don't play one on T.V.!


This a one story house. It is a slow dribble, but I just dumped another bucket of water from the tub. There is no visible leaking at the line in the basement. I won't be able to take a gander at this again until tomorrow as I have to paly shaffer, cook, and attend a meeting tonight!
Thanks for everyone's interest and suggestions.
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:34 PM   #19
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HELP! I'm NOT a plumber. And I don't play one on T.V.!


Please view my update at my initial post. I'm right smack in the middle of this project and could use some help!
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Old 10-02-2008, 01:00 PM   #20
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IF thats as deep as you have gotten, your NOT down to the washers and seats YET. Take off that brass nut that holds that whole stem in there,behind that is where leaks occur.

As to the shutoff in the basement,The leak past and non shut off condition is "internal". need to take whole valve out to view,repair or replace,,,most likely replace. is this the MAIN shutoff for the WHOLE house? Or just this bath area?? IF your unscrewing it out,shut off water at main shutoff OR curbstop,,unless you have your OWN well.

If you are beyond your comfort level and expeience,consult a pro!! OR bat your eyes at a handyman neighbor,or friend of handy nature.(just kidding) ask nicely,,,you may well get alot of help!! this isnt rocket science and merely a screw right tite and left lucy!!
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Old 10-02-2008, 01:14 PM   #21
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Thanks for your quick reply 4just1don!
I just found another plumbing book and it shows a picture of packing string and packing washers, so I just realized that I only got to the packing washer. So the brass nut holds the stem in, huh? What is the best way to get that nut off since I can't get my wrench in there, and can't use the ratchet due to the end of the stem being in the way?

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