I went to take a shower and the cold water faucet handle broke loose.
The grooves got stripped.
Fortunately the local Lowe's hadn't closed for the evening yet, and I
But this got me to thinking: Which parts should a homeowner keep on
hand just in case something goes wrong late Sunday night when the
hardware stores are closed?
Faucet valves and handles to fix any of the faucets. I've learned that
one the hard way.
What else? What other common emergencies require having replacement
parts on hand in advance?
-- Steven L.
I just had to replace a shut off valve for a toilet. It would not
shut off as there was a pin hole leak in the valve body itself. This
happened the night of the hurricane and only Lowes was open but sold
me the wrong valve. Plumbers putty and tape kept it down to a drip
and I got the right part the next day.
Wife said, why don't you get an extra one, but I'm thinking it took
over 35 years in this house for this to happen for the first time and
all the shut off valves have been replaced when faucets and toilets
I can only think of one non-disposable "spare part" worth having
around. Furnace ignitor. Mine is about 8 bucks.
I needed the spare one time, and had it.
Not because I was smart enough to have a spare handy, but I had bought
it unnecessarily when I was doing some trouble shooting.
That's why I had it.
Now I keep a spare.
There might be something else, but I can't think of it.
I always found that most spare parts wind up in the garbage.
On Fri, 16 Sep 2011 19:05:22 +0000, Steven L. wrote:
I'd suggest thinking in terms of what you need (parts and tools) to
isolate faults and work around them until the following day, rather than
trying to plan for every possible failure. So, a few pipe fittings, pipe
cutter, make sure there's gas in the torch, keep some wire and wire nuts
My big single points of failure are probably the well pump and the
cooling system in the fridge. I can't think of anything else that would
be a major inconvenience until I could get to a store, only lots of minor
A wax ring for the toilet.
Toilet float valve
If you have a well, a spare pump switch
Fittings for whatever kind of pipe you have in the house.
(compression or shark bite if it is copper)
As mentioned an angle stop or two.
I haven't been following this thread closely, but did anyone mention
vise-grips? (The real ones, if you can still find them.) All sorts of
uses, including crimping off pipes, temporary valve handles, skinning
doorknobs to break in without totally trashing door, removing stripped
nuts on bike axles, holding a broken roof rack together till you get
home, and of course clamping things together. Plus about a zillion other
uses. I'm sure the regulars on here could come up with a long list of
the off-label uses where vise-grips have saved their proverbial ass. I
keep at least one pair in every tool box, for when regular
wrenches/pliers just won't cut it.
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