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Old 02-08-2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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I have compression fitting shut-off valves and the stub-out is not long enough to allow cut and re-make new compression fitting, so I will have to reuse the existing nut and the olive.

It's been mentioned it can be done. If using a new fitting, the rule I think is hand tighten, then wrench it half a turn.

What is the correct torquing procedure if you're replacing a valve and reusing the compression fitting?

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Old 02-09-2011, 09:07 AM   #2
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I replace compression valves all the time, reusing the old nut and ferrule(I think you called it an olive,I am unfamiliar with that term). I get them pretty tight. Maybe a whole turn to a turn and a half past hand tight. and if it leaks a little, go a little tighter.

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Is it considered permissible? If it leaked and caused water damage and insurance found out would they pay?
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Is it considered permissible? If it leaked and caused water damage and insurance found out would they pay?
You should ask them. I don't handle insurance claims.
Now that I think about it- they don't pay for much of anything
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Hmmmm, as insurance coverage consultants go, I am an excellent repair plumber. Seriously, I do not know if insurance covers any DIY projects gone bad. Maybe people with experience can chime in. If you are really worried about the liability aspect, have a plumbing company repair it. It would be embarassing to tell your agent "the guy on the internet told me to do it like this, I can't believe it did not work!!"
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Hmmmm, as insurance coverage consultants go, I am an excellent repair plumber. Seriously, I do not know if insurance covers any DIY projects gone bad. Maybe people with experience can chime in. If you are really worried about the liability aspect, have a plumbing company repair it. It would be embarassing to tell your agent "the guy on the internet told me to do it like this, I can't believe it did not work!!"
"Yeah, have a plumbing repair company fix it then they are responsible for it".

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