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Cold Steel Inactive Member25 Nov 2015 2:24 p.m. PST

The water pipe inside the wall breaking off when you turn off the supply valve.

It took a few minutes to shut the main off and drain all the water from the pipes, but still had about 10 gallons hit the floor. Fortunately, there is a sealed crawlspace with a dehumidifier beneath the bathroom, so no permanent damage. I have a healthy supply of pipe repair parts laying around from previous work, so I put in a spare cut off valve to isolate the problem. I cut an access panel in the wall from the closet, so everything should be covered when finished. Now to start cutting and gluing pvc. Tomorrow.

Who asked this joker25 Nov 2015 2:56 p.m. PST

Sorry for your troubles. Look on the bright side. It's more fun than painting miniatures right? Or not. Hope it turns into an easier than expected fix.

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Nov 2015 3:38 p.m. PST

Hey look at it this way, you have the parts and know how to fix it yourself so you don't have to wait a week for a plumber to get back from his family holiday and finally get to you in December.

If all problems were that easy to fix.

OldGrenadier Fezian26 Nov 2015 7:42 a.m. PST

Root canal?

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2015 7:47 a.m. PST

It's good to be handy…

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2015 11:47 a.m. PST

Let me give you a little bright side: that piece inside the wall was going to fail, far better it fail when you're right there, and prepared to work on the whole mess anyway. If it broke six months from now when you're at work and don't find it for eight hours, or when you're out of town for a few days, the situation could be much worse.

Plumbing is not forever. Properly installed copper pipes are good for twenty five years, then you start getting periodic trouble. It's silly to expect the pipes to last forever. The best you can hope for it for things to break in easy-to-fix ways at convenient times. And if you can cut and sweat pipe yourself you can save thousands of dollars, so yay!

I had a leak in the hot water supply line in the slab foundation. I got four estimates, all in the $5,000 USD to $10,000 USD range. A couple people even suggested redoing all the hot water pipes or all the plumbing in its entirety. I did my research, got my wife's buy in, and did the fix for $300. USD It was very challenging, but obviously worth it.

Good idea on the cut off valve!

Best of luck!

Cold Steel Inactive Member26 Nov 2015 5:24 p.m. PST

The problem with this house is the plumbing is all cheap pvc. The only copper is what I put in. We have had 3 major and a couple minor leaks. That is one of the reasons the house is on the market. I'm tired of fixing things.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2015 9:27 a.m. PST

At least PVC is cheaper and easier to fix, right?

Cold Steel Inactive Member27 Nov 2015 4:27 p.m. PST

And easier to break. I must say, the new generation of Shark Bite press together fittings makes plumbing repairs a lot faster and easier. Just line the pipe up and push. No primer to stain everything it touches or contact cement all over your hands. Even the price of them has come down to almost the same as pvc fittings.

Old Wolfman30 Nov 2015 6:46 a.m. PST

Went through a similar thing involving my kitchen sink line a few years back. Replacing a pipe that had been there since the 1920's,for one thing-cutting a hole in the bedroom wall to get at it. Luckily,at that time,the landlord had a brother who did that sort of home repair,and he got him for us. More recently,our bathtub/shower water line and drain had to be fixed,and was done successfully.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2015 7:11 p.m. PST

I used Sharkbite. I thought it expensive, but awesome. I definitely recommend it.

14Bore01 Dec 2015 4:45 p.m. PST

Pondered sharkbites but I'm pretty good at sweating pipes so it would be a cost not sure I'd want to eat.
But it is handy to know how to do your own plumbing, I give my father-in-law who when we first moved into our house had to do all the emergency plumbing repairs. If you can't but want to learn practice is the best teacher when it isn't a emergency.

Old Wolfman06 May 2016 5:46 a.m. PST

Recently had a tank gasket leak in my throne. Landlord replaced the gasket and put in a new fill tube inside the tank,to improve water use efficiency.

Old Wolfman13 Apr 2017 5:45 a.m. PST

Now we have a whole new throne as of a couple of months ago.

Old Wolfman25 Apr 2017 5:46 a.m. PST

And it looks like we may have to unclog the bathroom sink again.

Old Wolfman01 Jun 2017 5:35 a.m. PST

And the roof needs some work now.

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