LESLIE: John in Florida, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
JOHN: The guts of my toilet kept dripping and leaking, so I would shut them off by the valve.
JOHN: I’d come out of the copper line coming out of the wall. Well, I tightened them and loosened them so much that eventually, I ended up driving the biggest pair of pliers I could get and tightening them down because otherwise, it would just keep dripping.
JOHN: So, is there a replacement valve that’s just a crimp-on so that I can – so I don’t have to abrase it or whatnot? Something I could install myself?
TOM: Yeah. And there is an easier way to – changing those – the flush and the fill valve in the toilet – would have been the simple fix here, because those are pretty – that’s a pretty easy plumbing project to do. But now that you’re …
JOHN: Well, I replaced all the guts and this is the copper pipe coming out from the wall, that has a valve on it.
TOM: OK. The feed. Right. OK. So there are crimp connectors there and if you go to the home center or the hardware store, you should be able to identify the appropriate crimp connector.
Now, by the way, having said that, soldering on it is not all that difficult but if you don’t want to do it, I understand. There are crimp connectors; there are connectors that go from, also, from copper to plastic. So there’s definitely a way to do this and you won’t need a big, old wrench then to stop the thing from leaking any further.
John, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.