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Old 04-13-2015, 08:09 PM   #1
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Leaky Washer Valve


Hello DIY's,

On my 15 year old washer I have slight drip at the washer just under the handle. I've tightened the top but am having a time trying to tighten the base without rotating the valve/pipe itself; I don't want to break it. I'm using a channel lock/pliers and was wondering if it's frozen if I need a plumber or how someone may have been able to replace it without opening up the wall or breaking the pipe. The basic pic sums it up. Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 04-13-2015, 08:18 PM   #2
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Looks like that nut just holds on the handle.
Remove the nut and the handle and just snug the packing nut under the handle.
Use a real box end wrench on the nut not plyers.
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Hi DIYROB, Welcome aboard!
It looks like you are connected to CPVC pipe in the box. If so, don't tork much on the valve without good backup on the pipe. The CPVC pipe can't take much twisting.

As Joe said, pull the screw on top and see if there is a packing nut under the handle- snug it up a tad.
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And replace those old rubber supply lines with new braided lines asap.
One of the most common insurance claims is from flooding caused by burst washer hoses.
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