How to Install Shutoff Valves

How to Install Shutoff Valves

Keep your plumbing system working with this basic plumbing project. Learn what's involved installing shutoff valves and the materials and tools you need to do the job.



 How to Install Shutoff Valves

How to Install Shutoff Valves

Keep your plumbing system working with this basic plumbing project. Learn what's involved installing shutoff valves and the materials and tools you need to do the job.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required

  • Basin wrench
  • Pipe wrench
  • Adjustable wrench

Materials Required

  • Right-angle or straight stop valve
  • Flexible supply tubes
  • Pipe joint compound
  • Bucket
  • Step 1 : Disconnect the water supply

    Disconnect the water supply

    Turn off the water to the faucet and place a bucket at the water supply tubes beneath the sink or on the floor to catch any water. Then disconnect the water supply tubes that are attached to the adapter at the wall by twisting it by hand. Use a basin wrench to remove it from the sink.

  • Step 2 : Loosen the pipe stub

    Use a pipe wrench to hold the pipe stub (in the wall) stationary and then unthread the adapter with an adjustable wrench.

  • Step 3 : Prepare the threads of the adapter

    Prepare the threads of the adapter

    Clean the threads of the adapter and then brush a thin coat of pipe joint compound onto the pipe.

  • Step 4 : Install the new stop valve

    Install the new stop valve

    Thread the new stop valve onto the pipe stub and tighten it with a wrench until it is snug. Then connect a new flexible stainless supply tube to the shutoff valve. Attach the other end to the faucet.