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Old 02-01-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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check out the new ball valves!

i got tired of messing with my leaking globe valves.
took a few hours today and installed these new ball valves. very nice action.
i found it challenging sweating the valve on the pipe, seemed very loose. one of the two leaked when i turned the main back on. had to do it all over.

now totally leak free and working beautifull.


I was annoyed at how these valves were directly above all that wiring, so i moved them down the pipe as far as i could.
wanted to put them in a much more convenient spot altogether, but would've required much more work anda bunch of pipe, and i figured this would be good enough.


Thanks for the idea to replace them. Was a no brainer.


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Whenever I buy ball valves, I always check to see that they have a packing nut on the spindle. Some Chinese valve manufacturers are making ball valves without a packing nut because they're selling these valves for 50 cents each, and it costs more than that to provide a packing and packing nut.

I'll pay the #$%&ing few cents more, just give me a packing nut I can tighten if it leaks around the stem. I've had ball valves leak past the stem, and it strikes me as stupidity on stilts not to have a packing nut on any kind of a valve.


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Old 02-02-2009, 08:02 AM   #3
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Nice job!
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Old 02-02-2009, 05:35 PM   #4
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good looking work!
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:16 PM   #5
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Nice job, looks good, one thing on those valves, I've picked them up before and seems not many come with a bleeder screw on them, I like that option for draining the line if needed down the road.
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That's nice work, using 45's instead of 90's is one sign of a true craftsman.

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Old 02-03-2009, 12:20 AM   #7
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looks great
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:00 PM   #8
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And a fine looking job it is. You can't even see were you burnt the joist.


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