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    Need help replacing a sweat coupling with compression ball valve

    When I read your post, it makes me think the valves you are using allow one to cut out 1.5" of pipe and then, without moving either of the resulting pipe ends, install the valve. So, the valve could be installed in a length of pipe which was held rigidly at both "ends." Is that right?
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    Relocate laundry to garage from basement

    What do you get for the $1,900? Gas, cold/hot water, drain for sink and washer out in the garage? Anything else? Interior wall for garage, the sink itself, heat out there?
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    Relocate laundry to garage from basement

    It just seems that your cost to do it out in the garage is spiraling. I guess it could leak...but, people all over have washing machines in their living spaces...without a lot of issues. Just keep your water-supply hoses reasonably fresh.
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    Relocate laundry to garage from basement

    How about keeping the laundry where it is? Build an interior wall to make it a fully-enclosed laundry. Entry for the tenants would be through the existing door from the garage. There would be a lockable door between the laundry and your basement. Your new finished basement would be smaller. Roy
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    Toilet thingy

    Google image search suggests: bamboo flute. Bong? Toilet cleaner dispenser?
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    Relocate laundry to garage from basement

    Can you sketch a floor plan...showing the basement, current laundry, doors/windows, and the garage with proposed location of laundry? Roy
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    Replace outside spigot?

    How about running a die over those threads first? Or, this: https://www.amazon.com/Superior-Tool-05265-Thread-Cleaner/dp/B0161ISBWI
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    My basement toilet is blasting water out at the base.

    To the plumbers out there...looking for something to print on your company t-shirt?
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    Old bathtub water-supply brass fitting

    I has been a week of no leaks. I used the full 24"-pack of packing...minus about 6". It took quite a bit of torque on the wrench to get it to stop leaking. I will keep the wall torn apart a good long time (months?), so to keep an eye on the fitting. I do not want to notice it has started leaking...
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    Old bathtub water-supply brass fitting

    Yes, a washer or o-ring would be nice. And, yes, too much disassembly to install. If I were to do that much disassembly, I would throw that fitting away and add a union...or, something along those lines. The teflon packing came in the mail, and I installed it. Still leaks a bit. I will...
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    Old bathtub water-supply brass fitting

    Well, the shower curtain wraps around. We bought this 1-bath house 15 years ago...at that time there were no signs that the tub had ever before been rigged for showers. For many decades this house was a bath tub only deal. I kind of like the open ends...it is a very small bathroom, and I think...
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    Old bathtub water-supply brass fitting

    It is not really a "wall." There is a shelf-kind-of-thing on top of what looks like the start of a wall. My house was just built by a "guy," probably without much in the way of "plans," and it has a number of odd components. Some of those are nice custom features; some are just odd.
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    Old bathtub water-supply brass fitting

    Thanks. Yes, that dope was what I was planning on using. I live in a town of 1,500 with two so-called hardware stores both with so-called plumbing departments. When I went in today to buy the packing, in both cases, they gave me that "What you talin' 'bout Willis" line. They profess to have no...
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    Old bathtub water-supply brass fitting

    I now realize that open-top 1.5" pipe used to be part of the bathtub drain-stopper control. There used to be a rod going down that pipe to control a drain stopper.
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    Old bathtub water-supply brass fitting

    By request, the big picture. I will try to buy that Teflon packing today, and will report back. Roy
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    Old bathtub water-supply brass fitting

    Yes...the hot and cold valves are above the leak. Correct...no overflow drain ("Hey you, bathtub user...pay attention"). Ancient...just like its owner. Will get the pic.
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    Old bathtub water-supply brass fitting

    Well, before the pipe overflowed, I would have a bathtub half full of...umm...bad stuff. And, since the tub is on the second floor...I think, I would also have a kitchen sink overflowing with that same bad stuff. My very-nice house is full of things not up to code. Electrical, plumbing, and...
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    Old bathtub water-supply brass fitting

    Interesting. But, (1) there is a water-trap between that open pipe and my sewer gas, and (2) if I controlled the flow of air at the open pipe, the sewer gas, getting past my trap, would simply come out my tub drain. Or, so I think. In the first pic, in Post #9, you can see the top of the trap...
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    Old bathtub water-supply brass fitting

    Got it. Thanks, Jeff. I will report back, when I get this done and tested. The water-supply plumbing only uses that 1.5" pipe as a physical support. The 1.5" pipe is just open, like shown, all the time...it functions, I assume, as a vent for the tub drain. The second pic shows the water...
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