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marinadamico 11-24-2009 09:49 AM

Broken Faucet
 
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How do I replace a broken washing machine faucet (picture included)? And, can I do it being that I've never fixed any plumbing problems?

Redwood 11-24-2009 10:16 AM

That would probably not be the easiest job for you to do for starters in your plumbing DIYer Career.:2cents:

marinadamico 11-24-2009 11:25 AM

I don't disagree at all! But, I am really handy and a fast learner! All I need is step by step instructions!

kok328 11-24-2009 12:35 PM

If you can find a replacement handle, it's as easy as taking the screw out of the top and lifting off the broken handle, push the new one back one and replace the screw.
However, most washing machine supply lines are left on all the time.
Hook up your hoses, use some channel lock pliers to turn on the water and your done.

marinadamico 11-24-2009 12:43 PM

Would it be better, in the grand scheme of things, to change the faucet piece all together? And if so, is that just as easy? I'm asking because not only am I a rookie but when the plumbers came to give me an estimate, they said right around $200 because they have to get into the wall where the faucet connects to the pipe because you can't just replace the faucet piece. Now, obviously I do not trust or believe them, which is what led me here :)

travelover 11-24-2009 12:58 PM

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Originally Posted by kok328 (Post 37075)
If you can find a replacement handle, it's as easy as taking the screw out of the top and lifting off the broken handle, push the new one back one and replace the screw.
However, most washing machine supply lines are left on all the time.
Hook up your hoses, use some channel lock pliers to turn on the water and your done.


+1 for this approach. Now would be a good time to inspect your hoses, too, as burst hoses are an ongoing risk and if you can't turn off the water quickly, it makes it worse.

marinadamico 11-24-2009 01:39 PM

A-HA! I think I was asking the question incorrectly! I've been doing research online and found some good stuff! So, here is the new question, how do I replace a washing machine shut-off valve (because the plastic piece on top of the faucet is broken)! Please refer to original picture included!

Redwood 11-24-2009 02:05 PM

The replacement handle alone probably will not cut it even if you were to find a handle that fits...


Most of the time the valve is bound up and that is why the handle broke which puts us back in the position of a noobie that has never sweat a pipe before heading inside the walls for his first attempt on a vertical pipe with plastic to melt above...

The Plumbers were cheap!
What we charge here would have been higher...

Nestor_Kelebay 11-24-2009 05:48 PM

Those look like quarter turn ball valves, eh?

An alternative might be to simply clamp a pair of small locking pliers onto the blue handle to extend the life of what he/she has as much as possible. Yeah, I know, it's a hoser solution, but it would work.

Marina Damico:
Take a close look at the faucet, especially the handles and see if you can find a name of a manufacturer on it anywhere. Look for names like Delta, Waltec or Moen.

I think all the poster really wants is instructions on how o change the handle. The faucet MAY last for many years with a new handle.


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