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Old 04-24-2006, 01:34 PM   #1
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I put 3 new compression stop valves in this morning. I put the first two on with no problem. The directions stated turn the nut until it bites and then go a half turn. No problem. The last one I only got about a 1/4 turn before i couldn't turn it anymore. I put oil on the threads like directed. I turned the water back on and it's not leaking. Is this normal sometimes?? thanks

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Old 04-24-2006, 01:46 PM   #2
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It could be a slight variation of the tubing diameter. Are you using 2 wrenches to tighten the valve/nut?

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Yes I'm using two wrenches. I guess that is a legit question seeing that there are so many mechanically challenged people in the world who don't have the sense to use two wrenches.
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come to think of it i just remembered the valve i had trouble with is on type L pipe and the other two are on M. That would explain why the other two were much easier but still if I have no leaks with only a quarter turn is it really something to lose sleep over??
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I've seen HOs twist the pipe right out of the wall :D so I have to ask. If it's tight and no leaky, it must be OK. Sounds as if it was properly installed.
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People do some really stupid things don't they. The same guy that twist the pipe out of the wall using one wrench is the same one that calls AAA for a flat tire. Mechanically challenged guys. The best example I have of this was when my neighbor thought for whatever reason his car tire pressure was suppose to be 200 psi. He had this giant compressor in his garage left by the previous owner. He got that thing running and actually tried to fill his tires to 200psi. Needless to say (and this is the funny part) after the first one exploded, scared the hell out of half the neighborhood and damaged his hearing which luckily wasn't permanent he actually thought the tire was defective and called the manufacturer to demand a new tire. I would love to have heard that conversation. What a dufus. :D
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Too bad the tire couldn't hack it I'll bet he would have gotten great mileage! :D

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