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Out of the Blue

Last night we noticed a problem in the basement, as there's one of those nasty sinks down there for cleaning paintbrushes and such that seems to have blown a gasket, as it was gushing water even with the faucets closed. Poking around revealed that there was no cutoff valve for this sink anywhere to be found, so it just had to run all night. We have the plumber down there right now, who confirmed I was correct that the cutoff is missing, so he's in the process of adding one as well as fixing the busted faucet. Thank goodness this happened on a Sunday, otherwise we wouldn't be getting to pay double for the repairs.

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14. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 29, 2012, 21:42 Burrito of Peace
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 29, 2012, 20:35:
Assuming you have all the tools, materials, and experience to do either of those. Personally, I'm 0 for 3 on that list.

Tools and Materials: Home Depot, Lowes, Hardware store of your choice.

Experience: Everyone starts with zero. However, PVC is by far the easiest pipe type to cut and fit. There's also Google and most people have either a tablet, laptop, smartphone or printer handy.

Only thing stopping you from performing such an easy job: You.

When we bought our first home, I knew how to do yardwork, install a toilet from the flange up and some basic electrical work. That's about it. In that house, I learned how to do so much more because, quite frankly, we were poor and couldn't afford a service company to come out and fix all our problems. There are some situations worth calling an electrician for, such as installing 50 amp service, and those that are not, such as hanging a fan in a room where the overhead box wasn't designed for a fan.

Believe it or not, above foundation plumbing is some of the easiest work you can do yourself. Just takes a bit of flexibility, patience, problem solving and courage to tackle the unknown.

 
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