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Old 06-16-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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I'm re-tiling the bathroom shower and am unsure if I should replace the shower valve and connection pipes. The house is about 15 years old. I ran a test and was unable to find any leaks near the valve, shower head, or the connection pipes. I have noticed a green substance on the pipes, and am not sure if that's a bad sign or not. Plumber fee's are $250 to replace the valve and connection pipes. Shower valve and fixtures are not included. I have copper pipes and everything seems to be soldered. Any thoughts?

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Old 06-16-2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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What brand name is the shower valve?

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Old 06-16-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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The valve that I have installed now doesn't have a name on the valve. The trim doesn't either, but I've seen the trim at Home Depot. I did notice that the valve has the words "Mixet Patd" stamped on it. I've attached a picture of the setup. The soldered areas appear in okay condition, but that green stuff worries me. As noted earlier, I didn't see any leaks. How long do soldered copper pipes usually last before rupturing?
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Looks like it's been leaking from cold soldered joints.
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:55 PM   #5
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Replace the shower value and cut out the copper. Replace the cooper with sharkbites and new cooper or pex.
Either way it will be much less then the $250.
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The valve that I have installed now doesn't have a name on the valve. The trim doesn't either, but I've seen the trim at Home Depot. I did notice that the valve has the words "Mixet Patd" stamped on it. I've attached a picture of the setup. The soldered areas appear in okay condition, but that green stuff worries me. As noted earlier, I didn't see any leaks. How long do soldered copper pipes usually last before rupturing?
Solder joints can last longer than you- or it can let go tomorrow.
The green is from poor craftsmanship at the install- the plumber used too much flux and allowed it to run down the pipe.

IMO- Replace the valve now. Get a good quality valve that you won't have to worry about again.
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E's the smart decision... now while ya got it open^^^^^^^^
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Thanks all.

TheEplumber: Based on the picture, are you able to tell what type of valve I have? If I elect to have a plumber do the work, is it recommended he/she replace all the copper piping?
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TheEplumber: Based on the picture, are you able to tell what type of valve I have? If I elect to have a plumber do the work, is it recommended he/she replace all the copper piping?
I don't recognize the manufacture.
See the red print on the pipe? Red is color code for type "m" copper. It has the thinnest wall thickness of the 3 types of copper-K,L,M . "L" will have blue writing and is the preferred wall thickness- some areas require it.
I would remove the pipe to the floor and install L or even pex(cost saving).
Your plumber may choose to leave some of it- that is a judgment call you should discuss with him- it may affect your cost.
Sorry I couldn't help with the valve ID.
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Based on the picture, can you tell if there is a leak?
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The valve looks like it could be a kohler.
Like others have said I would replace it
while the walls are open .

$250 to do this work is a fair price.

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