Ugh. There's nothing like plumbing issues. In our case the toilet in the basement in Collinsville kept running even after we turned the shut off valve to off, it just wasn't doing its job anymore. So far this fix it project has been up to me and after having a talk with one of our seminary maintenance men to get an idea of what I needed to do, off I went to Home Depot.
First the water to the whole house has to be turned off and at the same time a faucet or two on the lowest level should be opened so that all the water from the pipes on the upper part of the house drains out. If you don't do this, when you take the old valve off, water will spray all over.
That got done. This was the easy part. While in Home Depot's Plumbing aisle I was shocked to see how many different shut off valves there are for toilets. Way too many for me to determine just which I needed. So I guessed and bought two.
When I got back to the job site and finally got the old valve off it was obvious I had no idea how to put a new one on. Back and forth I went to Home Depot, up and down our stairs. Bleh. I finally left it as is. But I did find the absolutely perfect self help video which is exactly like our situation and it seems pretty easy. We have pvc pipe as opposed to copper at that part of the house which is kind of a blessing. When we redo that basement bathroom the water lines will be upgraded to match the rest of the house but for now, pvc will get us fixed easier.
Tomorrow morning Dale is going over to finish the job. Hopefully.