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amateurplumber 07-22-2013 03:02 PM

OMG...how long does it take to drain the water from your pipes?
 
Ive been emptying buckets for like 2 hours...

I have to work on the lowest drain in the house and I've probably emptied like 50 gallons of water. When is this going to stop?! :(

TheBobmanNH 07-22-2013 03:33 PM

Definitely takes longer than you expect. Why are you doing it with buckets instead of a hose?

amateurplumber 07-22-2013 03:38 PM

I can't attach a hose to the basement valve, it's not threaded. I think our shutoff is faulty. 30 year old gate valve. I'm going to just install it since they are quick connects.

joecaption 07-22-2013 04:09 PM

Hope your going to change it to a ball valve.

joecaption 07-22-2013 04:11 PM

Anyway to just open some outside faucets to drain some of it?

Akpsdvan 07-22-2013 05:08 PM

If it is going as strong 4 buckets in as it was when you started then I would be looking at the main shut off valve not setting correctly and you might try to close it again.

oh'mike 07-22-2013 07:07 PM

Yep--sounds like a bad main shut off---look at the meter--many newer meters have a shut off built into it----

MTN REMODEL LLC 07-22-2013 07:08 PM

How big is your home.... I think your shutoff is bad... especially as I think you said gate valve very old.... you may have to go to the street valve.

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TheEplumber 07-22-2013 07:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amateurplumber (Post 1219522)
Ive been emptying buckets for like 2 hours...

I have to work on the lowest drain in the house and I've probably emptied like 50 gallons of water. When is this going to stop?! :(

Usually stops at about a bucket- or less. Especially if all the faucets are off.

You got a valve issue.

jmon 07-22-2013 09:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amateurplumber (Post 1219536)
I can't attach a hose to the basement valve, it's not threaded. I think our shutoff is faulty. 30 year old gate valve. I'm going to just install it since they are quick connects.

Just a suggestion, unless your going to solder, you don't need to drain all the water out of the pipe to install sharkbite quick connectors.


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