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Sep 20, 2021 - 8:17:14 PM
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58225 posts since 12/14/2005


Noticed a wet spot in the little front flower garden, but it was after a rain.
Still there the next day, but I figured it hadn't been very hot, and the spot was shady.
Finally figured out the outside faucet must be leaking.
Took off the hose, turned the handle as OFF as I could, and it was flowing pretty fast anyway.

Got an empty gallon milk jug, cut a hole in it big enough to fit the faucet in, set my Smartyfone on STOPWATCH, gave it 60 seconds.
Took it in, measured it in the measuring cup, of course.
A pint and a half per minute!
Anybody want to double-check my math? Seems to be ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FIVE GALLONS a day!
for more than a week.
Shudder to see my next water bill.

OH! It gets BETTER!
Went downstairs to turn off the valve lever TO the outside faucet.

It was STUCK, to the point where I had to take my wooden mallet and smack it a few times.

Then I went back outside took off the faucet.
NEVER occurred to me that the faucet wouldn't just come OFF the ten-inch long piece connecting it to the valve.
What came off was the faucet, the pipe, and the valve.
Rushed downstairs, shut off the MAIN valve.

LOTS of water on the floor a,d some of the banjo-making parts.

Then got the faucet off the connector, took it downstairs, took it apart.
The washer was badly worn.
This time of night, hardware store closed, BUT, pretty sure there was a little drawer with washers in it, left by the previous owner.
FOUND them, amidst the clutter!!
Damn things were just a wee bit TOO LARGE!
Ever clever me, I jammed a phillips head screwdriver bit through a washer, put it in the cordless drill, and spun it against a strip of sandpaper, tried it a few times until it fit, put everything together, and it works.

O happy day!

Have yourselves a less interesting but equally happy day.

Sep 20, 2021 - 8:41:41 PM

figmo59

USA

34319 posts since 3/5/2008

Pipes can be a pain.....


Fwiw...
I had a...black water....hose completely fail.....
Not fun.....

N...it really ain't...water...neitha.... :0/

Sep 21, 2021 - 12:20:54 AM
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3875 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by figmo59

Pipes can be a pain.....


Fwiw...
I had a...black water....hose completely fail.....
Not fun.....

N...it really ain't...water...neitha.... :0/


Well some of it was once sad

years back I had to break into a waste pipe to free a blockage.  I'd dug around the pipe to make a sump for the back flow of s**t to sink into, took a deep breath and then gave the clay pipe a tickle with a cold chisel.  Not long after, my father in law called round and after seeing me up to my elbows in last weeks dinners - he asked why I hadn't got a contractor in to do the job.  My response was because it would cost £1500 to do so, he looked at me, put himself in my position and then asked me "would you like £1500?'.....

Sep 21, 2021 - 12:21:39 AM

3875 posts since 4/22/2018

Nice bit of fettling by the way Mike !

Sep 21, 2021 - 5:18:29 AM
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wizofos

USA

6140 posts since 8/19/2012

I am not a fan of gate valves, the washers rot and need to be replaced. As they get older and older the washers deteriorate and eventually need to be replaced. If I have to change out a valve I like to use ball valves, 1/4 turn and off or on. Also easier to tell if a ball valve is on or off.

Sep 21, 2021 - 5:19:04 AM
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58225 posts since 12/14/2005

Sure hope "fettle" is a clean word!   cheeky

Sep 21, 2021 - 5:30:52 AM

3875 posts since 4/22/2018

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Originally posted by mike gregory

Sure hope "fettle" is a clean word!   cheeky


Sure is Mike

'fettling' is when you tinker with something to either mend it or improve its operation - usually done in a shed or man cave and often with not quite the right tool for the job

Sep 21, 2021 - 7:14:55 AM

Owen

Canada

9535 posts since 6/5/2011

Somewhere along the line I came across advice that gate valves should be opened/closed annually, to help prevent seize-ups.  It seems from Mike's ^^ experience that it might be warranted for ball valves as well. [And, fwiw, unless the valves are pretty much out in the open, I'm solidly in the "do as I say, not as I do" camp.]

The guy that built our current house was a very good workman, and did many things right  yes  ... occasionally putting valves too-close together and sometimes orienting the knobs (?) in very awkward positions wasn't one/two/?? of 'em.  no 

Edited by - Owen on 09/21/2021 07:23:00

Sep 21, 2021 - 9:56 AM
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58225 posts since 12/14/2005

Well then, Jonty, I'm in fine fettle!
And Owen, the balll valve is now positioned to swing downward, not swing sideways between two joists, and MUCH easier to move.

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