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Old 07-30-2008, 12:54 PM   #1
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This is my first post and I want to thank everyone for the valuable information on this forum. I have started to gut my basement bathroom and I would like to disconnect the water lines to the sink. Currently there are no shut off valves. When I disconnect the sink, should I just cap off the lines or install shut off valves? I will not be installing a new sink/vanity for another 6 months to a year. Which is the best method? Thanks for your help.


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Old 07-30-2008, 02:54 PM   #2
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Since you're going to be using the supply lines again in a relatively short time (a year or less), and you should have shut-off valves anyway, that's exactly what you should install...shut-off valves.
If the supply lines are copper, you can use compression fitting valves, which don't even require any soldering. If they're anything else, you can use threaded shut-off valves.
Just turn off your main water supply valve briefly and install them.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:12 AM   #3
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Personal preference, I'd cap them. Caps are smaller and you do not need as big of a hole to install your wall board. Just make sure they stick out far enough over the finished surface to remove or cut off the cap for the shutoffs and escutions.
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Maybe it's Just Me,...
But,.. about anytime I have to cut a line, whether to cap it or otherwise,....
I add a Valve....

That way, regardless of which way I go, at Whatever time,...
I have another way to isolate a leg in my water system,...
Repairs/ installations/ alterations can be done without shutting down the Whole House......
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