Not all leaks happen immediately after cementing a joint. Check on all joints immediately after pressurizing, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours and the next day to ensure the joint has properly seated and sealed.
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When securing joints with fasteners for projects or furniture, always use stainless steel hardware. It will help prevent corrosion and rust stains and also last longer.
You can fix glue joints that have slow leaks (slow to moderate drip) by draining the water line and creating a negative pressure in the system. (Attach shop vac or vacuum to a pipe.) Once your negative pressure is established dabble on some primer onto the joint, which will be sucked into the leak to […]
If working on a water line and the shut off valve is out of sight, always work in pairs. Phone your partner before you turn the water back on in the case one of your joints did not properly seal. That way you can stop any flooding before too much damage can be caused.
The number 1 tip in plumbing is if you are not 100% confident in the problem AND the solution, hire a licensed professional to do the job for you. Do not risk flooding your house, or causing a long term problem that may not immediately present itself.
Globe valves originally derived their name due to the shape of the valve body. They had two semi-spherical parts attached together to give it the appearance of a globe. Today they do not look like that. You can find globe valves on the exterior of your house where garden hoses can be attached. Those spigots, also […]