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ruthlessbeatle 11-10-2012 06:34 PM

hot water wont run in sink
Hi everyone, im new to this site and im already loving it. I just bought a 60 year old cape in nj. I have a problem with my upstairs bathroom sink. the hot water wont run, the cold water and the toilet work just fine. but im stumped of where I look. im more of a drywall roofing siding man so I don't have much know how in plumbing. thanks for your help and im excited I found a great place like this:thumbup:

oh'mike 11-10-2012 06:39 PM

Single handle or two separate handles??

How old is the piping?

joecaption 11-10-2012 06:41 PM

Go under the sink and make sure the valve is open.
If it is then close it and use a basin wrench to remove the line off of the faucet, bend it down into a pan and open the valve to see if there's flow.

ruthlessbeatle 11-10-2012 06:46 PM

two, the cold runs great and when I turn the hot on I might as well get a big puff of dust. iv shut off the valves under the sink and turned then back on the right one (cold) its not so easy to turn (my guess is because the water) the left one (hot) is much easier to turn. thanks for the speedy post btw

oh'mike 11-10-2012 06:56 PM

Three possible causes as I see it----

Crud in the faucet seat----remove handle--loosen the packing nut---temove the stem and turn on the shut off--to flush out the seat

Crud in the shut off valve---replace the valve---

Pipe completely rusted closed---repipe the line---

joecaption 11-10-2012 06:56 PM

A house that old may have old galvinized pipes that at some point are going to leak or plug up.

ruthlessbeatle 11-10-2012 06:58 PM

cool thanks for the help im going to give it a shot and report back.

oh'mike 11-10-2012 07:04 PM

Try Joes suggestion first---

ruthlessbeatle 11-10-2012 07:08 PM

just did what joe said and I didn't have luck with any flow what so ever. I unhooked the flextube turned the valve on and got nothing, there was a little water in the line idk it might be old. is there a shut off somewhere else in the basement? or am I clogged here?

joecaption 11-10-2012 07:10 PM

No way for anyone here to be able to tell you where the shut off are.

joecaption 11-10-2012 07:12 PM

Make sure if you do remove and replace the shut off vale you remove the aeriator on the faucet before running the water or it's going to get pluged up.

ruthlessbeatle 11-10-2012 07:17 PM

anyway to describe to me what I should look for in a valve for upstairs? and sorry for a dumb question but what is a aeriator? like I said plumbing isn't my thing

oh'mike 11-10-2012 07:18 PM

No water is getting past the shut off---next would be to remove the shut off valve---turn off the water to the house first----have a ne valve handy----be prepared for the pipe that it is attached to to break off inside the wall----it's old---best done when the stores are open and plumbers aren't on overtime---

joecaption 11-10-2012 07:31 PM

No way to tell you which valve you need without a picture of what you have.
The aeriator is right where the water comes out of the spout.
It just unscrews. There's a fine mesh screen inside of it.

ruthlessbeatle 11-10-2012 07:34 PM

sounds like a job for Monday then lol. thanks for the help guys.

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