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Old May 22nd, 2021, 08:38 PM #1
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Any plumbers in Catonsville area willing to work for ammo?

Have a 1962-vintage townhouse with the original toilet in the basement. The bronze fill valve is pretty much shot, and the shutoff valve is not only original but is frozen solid.

At the very least want to replace the shutoff outside the toilet and the fill valve inside. Willing to look at a whole unit.

Would be nice if I could trade work for ammo, but willing to pay normally to get this done. Can also provide pics if that will help
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Have a 1962-vintage townhouse with the original toilet in the basement. The bronze fill valve is pretty much shot, and the shutoff valve is not only original but is frozen solid.

At the very least want to replace the shutoff outside the toilet and the fill valve inside. Willing to look at a whole unit.

Would be nice if I could trade work for ammo, but willing to pay normally to get this done. Can also provide pics if that will help
A new stop cock and a fluid master flush kit. I'm sure a MS member close by will make short work of it for you
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A little bit of time with an adjustable wrench or two, channel locks and a bucket to catch the water and you can diy. If the shut off valve won't turn spray with pb blaster and try in a half hour. At worst shut the main off to your house and flush till line is empty. Then replace the shut off. Don't forget to tape the threads.
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Okay, its a hard line from the shutoff valve to the toilet, so its rapidly getting out of my comfort zone.

I do have a whole-house shutoff, I want to convert the toilet's shutoff to quarter-turn.

Since I am here, do I want to keep the 1962 American Standard toilet, or go for something new and water-efficient? Given how little I use it, doesn't make much sense.
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Okay, its a hard line from the shutoff valve to the toilet, so its rapidly getting out of my comfort zone.

I do have a whole-house shutoff, I want to convert the toilet's shutoff to quarter-turn.

Since I am here, do I want to keep the 1962 American Standard toilet, or go for something new and water-efficient? Given how little I use it, doesn't make much sense.
Hard line can be replaced with a user friendly flexible hose, just make sure that your main shut off holds before getting into that side of it. Otherwise a novice can rebuild a tank in 45 minutes taking their sweet time and with the aid of any number of YT videos. A pro could do it in 10, perhaps. Just go slow and stop if needed to confirm before proceeding.

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Keep in mind if I screw this up, I have to shut off water the whole house. Thats why I am really really hesitant to do anything on my own

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Still in need of plumbing services in the Catonsville/Arbutus area
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