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Sink problem back to hot water heater

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  1. joe kuhn

    joe kuhn Furry Lives Matter TS Supporters

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    Wife wants new kitchen faucet.

    Hot water valve under sink is frozen and there's no other valve all the way back to the hot water heater.

    If I turn off the cold water inlet into the hot water heater, is that enough to then be able to take remove the valve in the kitchen for replacement?

    Thanks - Joe
     
  2. joe kuhn

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    Thanks. I'm on it.
     
  3. miketmx

    miketmx Well-Known Member

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    I dunno, but we are getting new Moen faucet and have no shut off valves under sink yet and plan to shut off cold water main valve to house and then pretend to start clothes washer to drain a little hot water into tub. You might be able to free the stuck (frozen ??) hot water shut off valve under the sink by loosening the nut on the shut off handle. You probably guessed that I'm definitely Not a plumber.
     
  4. joe kuhn

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    Richard's got it. I stopped the dripping at the hot water pipe by going down to the basement and opening the hot water faucet on the dura tub. Now the dripping won't drive me crazy.

    Man, those wing nut things that hold the faucet to the sink from underneath are a bear to get loose. I'm off to the hardware store for some help. Maybe there's a wrench for that. Hope it's not glued.

    Got the hot water valve off. Broke it in the process.

    Noticed the new faucet has water pipes in the middle and old faucet has them out to the sides further. Oh boy, what have I gotten into here...

    You gotta be a pygmy to work under that damn sink.
     
  5. halfmile

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    The easy way is to have supply valve for hot and cold right under the sink, and flex lines going up.

    then when you put in a new faucet, you just put the flex lines on and poke it down.

    You need a basin wrench, (flex head grippy thing) to tighten the nuts. it's fairly cheap.

    HM
     
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    Flex lines and a basin wrench. I'm off to the store...
     
  7. H82MIS

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    Put on your safety goggles and drill those nuts on one side and pop em off with a screw driver,,don't buy a basin wrench if you don't have to,,,
     
  8. H82MIS

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    The new nuts will be plastic wing nuts, hand tight and then a little umpph,,

    Sorry, only been doing this for 42 years,,,LOL
     
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    Rule of thumb for time required to do anything the first time you try a job. Make a best estimate, multiply times 2 then add 40%.
    J Sharp
     
  10. pendennis

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    A few weeks ago, our kitchen sink drain started to leak. Leak was traced to a corroded galvanized wye pipe connection.

    Simple, says I. Break loose the wye, take to Home Depot, get new parts, right back in business. Get home, try to remove remaining galvanized fitting to the wall, so I can easily work on parts. Not only was original part corroded, the old wye broke while trying to loosen old galvanized parts (nipples, ells, etc.).

    Yep. Everything corroded back to wall. Galvanized pipe threads broken.

    Great! I know I'm in over my head.

    Call plumber. He comes out the next day. Replaced pipe from the sink to the wall, and down to the basement main drain connection, with new PVC, including new sink drain parts.

    Cost - $125, including parts.

    That "whishing" sound you hear? Me dodging a bullet.

    Best,
    Dennis
     
  11. joe kuhn

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    Done, no solder needed (pretty funny Tron). Used plumbers puddy on one joint. Rest are all rubber sealed. Looks great. No leaks. Mrs due home within the hour. Hardware guy got me out of there in 5 minutes. Flex lines are awesome. Basin wrench worked for one. Hammer claw worked for other. New ones tightened with pliers after hand tightening. Daughter even helped hold faucet while I was underneath tightening.

    Thanks guys.

    Joe
     
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