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Old 05-26-2014, 07:55 AM   #11
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That's what you use the female ones. The end the cap screws on is male
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:19 AM   #12
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I was just curious because the identical looking valves at my HD/LOWES only come with female ends (both ends). They do not carry such a valve (plastic) with a 1/2 inch male on one end. Thanks.
Do you have a cap or a plug on your drain ends?

A plug has threads on the outside (male).
A cap has threads on the inside (female).
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:59 AM   #13
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Do you have a cap or a plug on your drain ends?

A plug has threads on the outside (male).
A cap has threads on the inside (female).
Okay, a plug (never seen a "male" fitting with threads on the inside regardless of what you call it) which is what yours appears to have required without modifications and you indicated you didn't have to modify. Thanks again.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:05 AM   #14
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Okay, a plug (never seen a "male" fitting with threads on the inside regardless of what you call it) which is what yours appears to have required without modifications and you indicated you didn't have to modify. Thanks again.
Confused.

What kind of threads (inside or outside) does the pipe hanging down have?

Mine have threads on the outside as pictured.
The valves screwed right on once I removed the caps.

If your down pipe has a "socket" (threads on the inside), then I would cut it off and put a sharkbite valve on it. They just push onto the PEX.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:35 AM   #15
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Confused.

What kind of threads (inside or outside) does the pipe hanging down have?

Mine have threads on the outside as pictured.
The valves screwed right on once I removed the caps.

If your down pipe has a "socket" (threads on the inside), then I would cut it off and put a sharkbite valve on it. They just push onto the PEX.
Okay, there's the rub. Our drains use PLUGS to stop draining and your's evidently use CAPS. And that explains alot and why you were able to use the valves as is from HD/LOWES. Yes we would have to modify our drains to accept the those valves (didn't want to do that). I was hoping that the valves also came with at least one male end and apparently they do not (from HD/LOWES). Additionally; a plug denotes a specific type of item (apiece to fill a hole) whereas a cap can be a fitting for closing the end of a tube (water pipe or electric conduit) and no sex denoted. Thank you for the clarafication.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:44 AM   #16
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Okay, there's the rub. Our drains use PLUGS to stop draining and your's evidently use CAPS. And that explains alot and why you were able to use the valves as is from HD/LOWES. Yes we would have to modify our drains to accept the those valves (didn't want to do that). I was hoping that the valves also came with at least one male end and apparently they do not (from HD/LOWES). Additionally; a plug denotes a specific type of item (apiece to fill a hole) whereas a cap can be a fitting for closing the end of a tube (water pipe or electric conduit) and no sex denoted. Thank you for the clarafication.
All you'd require is a short threaded nipple between the end of your pipe and the valve.

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Old 05-26-2014, 10:52 AM   #17
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This is what I did with mine got the parts from home depot and still have the caps on the out side for backup.
Onetonford,has the correct setup for (Cold weather) all of the other setups posted (could) Freeze,anything below the (Protected) area is fair game for freezing & road objects to hit! Youroo!! PS Don't cap the down tube beyond the ball valve!
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Old 05-26-2014, 01:38 PM   #18
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Seems like a quick and easy mod, I am still trying to figure out the benefit of it tho... What is the reason for the valves?

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Old 05-26-2014, 01:46 PM   #19
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Much easier to drain the lines. Flip a valve vs getting under the trailer to unscrew the caps. Now I do not get wet. I also put hose bibs on them instead of just valves so I can use a hose while dry camping if needed. I mostly did this because I now direct the draining water with a hose from the side of the house where the trailer sits. No wet puddles under the trailer.

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Can't get to the area above the end caps, so here's mine. Zip tied the valves in case of road debris or interested kids.
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