Few Know this EASY TRICK to STOP Leaking Valves INSTANTLYJul 22, 2023
In today's video, I'm going to show that you can fix a leaky valve in your kitchen or bathroom in less than a minute and it requires no welding or special tools. You will have two different types of valve leaks. in your house, the first is that if you have a faucet running like
thisand the water is dripping or coming out of the bottom, you're going to need to do a different repair, but I'm sure I made that video and linked it in the top right corner. This type of leak may look the same but it is completely different because
thisvalve is completely closed, which means the water comes in through one end of the valve and then feeds a fixture, now here it goes to a toilet. but you will have similar
valvesunder your kitchen sink that will feed your faucet and you will definitely want to take care of this as soon as possible.
The good news is that you only need one tool for the job and that's an adjustable wrench, now you can do it. use channel locks or something else but they could damage the finish of the valve and here is the secret to this repair that makes it so
easythe front nut of a valve is actually adjustable underneath it is a type of roof washer but luckily the fix is
easy. You're going to put your wrench on the nut and turn it slightly to the right, that handle goes into the valve and that washer creates a seal, but over time it can wear down and that can cause a leak and you might be thinking for that. turn it slightly, I'll just tighten it all the way, unfortunately there is a latch; that same nut controls the valve which means if you tighten it too much you will never be able to turn that handle but don't worry if you go too far and your handle won't move because you can back the nut back a little bit and most of the time you will find that You only need to move the nut a little to completely get rid of your leak, but double check to make sure it's gone and it's always a good idea to come back to a repair like this, even in a couple of days, to make sure the valve is still completely dry, most of the time the front nut will turn pretty easily, but if that thing is stuck or really there, take a second wrench or a set of channel locks like this one and grab the valve body and that should give you a little more leverage to allow you to turn that nut without turning the valve itself, you don't want to cause any movement in the pipe going to the wall and you can use the same
trickeven in the kitchen or bathroom.
It will probably have the same
valves, the only difference will be that they are not going to be chrome, they will probably be brass like this one, but they will still have the same packing nut on the front that you can tighten if you have any kind of leak and it also works on an outside faucet like this one or This could be similar to one you might have on a washing machine, but the key is to look at where the water is coming from. You can see it seeping through the front nut and the solution is just as simple, grab the wrench you are using.
To put it on the front nut and give it a slight clockwise turn, tighten the packing nut enough to eliminate the leak, but you want to make sure the valve handle still works, check the handle to make sure it still works. and if it's too tight, just back off the nut a little bit and eventually you'll find the halfway point of where the leak went and you'll still be able to operate the valve. The valves I showed you here are very common and you will find them in almost any older house and by this I mean even a house that is more than 10 years old, but there are some newer valves that are completely different and have eliminated that front pressure nut ;
They will almost always be what is called a quarter turn valve now they get that name because the valve only needs to be turned a quarter turn to turn it off or in this one it is a chrome toilet valve but here is an example of an outside valve that also has the same quarter turn mechanism. and you'll see there's no nut that you can make any adjustments to and if your valve is
leakinglike that from the front, you'll want to watch my other video and I can show you how to completely rebuild the inside of the valve. without ever having to remove it, but what if you have a different problem and your valve is completely stuck?
You may feel like it's frozen solid most of the time. You can get a valve unstuck just by doing a few simple
tricks and I have that video linked in the top right corner.
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