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Old 10-13-2014, 02:33 PM   #1
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Odd plumbing find today

Getting ready to head out, I was putting away the WD-40 in the compartment next to the water heater bypass. This caught my eye.

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The drain valve handle, stem and o-rings had snapped off. There is nothing heavy enough in that compartment to break it. I figured the last time I shut it off it must have twisted .

Justly lucky I saw it before we left so I could fix it. What a mess I'd have had when I hooked up the water at the campground.

New brass valve.

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Old 10-13-2014, 02:53 PM   #2
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Glad you spotted the damages valve when did.
Like your replacement valve.
Please describe the PEX tool you used and how you removed the old valve.
That is a very cramped space to make repairs. It looks just like my 2007.
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Old 10-13-2014, 03:42 PM   #3
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Please describe the PEX tool you used and how you removed the old valve.
That is a very cramped space to make repairs. It looks just like my 2007.
There was a small clamp screwing the section with the valve to the floor.

I used a cutting disc on the Drexel to split the crimp rings at each end of that section - being careful not to nick the fittings. I pulled the valve and two pieces of old PEX out. I crimped two new pieces of PEX onto the new valve on the workbench.

Then I slipped the new section back onto the two elbows in the compartment and crimped them.

I have a combo crimp tool (1/2" & 3/4") from Home Depot. I was able to fully open the jaws inside the compartment . I put one handle of tool on the floor and pushed down on the other handle with both hands.

It worked!
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Old 10-13-2014, 03:45 PM   #4
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BTW . The valve stem was corroded. Probably from water heater crud .
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:42 PM   #5
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Thanks for your very concise and understandable description!
I'll be forewarned, armed, and ready to replace mine.
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:56 PM   #6
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The replacement valve is much better! Good catch.

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Old 10-13-2014, 06:37 PM   #7
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Thanks for your very concise and understandable description!
I'll be forewarned, armed, and ready to replace mine.
You are welcome. You have me thinking that plumbing spaces are indeed tight on the Airstream.

This is the Shark crimp tool from Home Depot that I use for remodeling. It does 3/4" too but there is none of that on the Airstream.


So.......I think I need a few emergency plumbing tools on the Airstream including 1/2" and 3/8" PEX stuff and a cheap Dremel tool.

I think I'll go by HD and get one of these compact crimpers that works with vice grips.


A PEX pipe cutter:



A de-burr tool


few sections of pipe and an assortment of crimp rings.
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You are welcome. You have me thinking that plumbing spaces are indeed tight on the Airstream.

This is the Shark crimp tool from Home Depot that I use for remodeling. It does 3/4" too but there is none of that on the Airstream.


So.......I think I need a few emergency plumbing tools on the Airstream including 1/2" and 3/8" PEX stuff and a cheap Dremel tool.

I think I'll go by HD and get one of these compact crimpers that works with vice grips.


A PEX pipe cutter:



A de-burr tool


few sections of pipe and an assortment of crimp rings.
Yippee, more tools! I love buying tools.
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Thank you for posting your find before a flood happened. I'll now inspect my old shut off valves for the same problem.

Otherwise it would be: Honey, why is the hall rug all wet?

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Thank you for posting your find before a flood happened. I'll now inspect my old shut off valves for the same problem.

Otherwise it would be: Honey, why is the hall rug all wet?

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....yeas, when you are at the start of a 5 day trip...
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....yeas, when you are at the start of a 5 day trip...
Or boon docking miles from the nearest Lowes!

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...the ratchet style clamps and crimp tool are MUCH easier to use ...
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The deburring tool requires quite a bit of space to rotate it, but it can easily be sawed in half. You lose the 5/8" size but are left with a close quarters 1/2" deburring tool.
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