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mj12 03-16-2013 07:29 PM

Hard to reach leaking gate valve
I have a leaking main valve that has been built around. I can touch the handle and turn it while on my toes. I tightened the packing nut and it appears to have stopped leaking. Has anyone ever seen a closed nut that I could use to by pass the gate valve. That is, remove the insides of the gate valve and seal the outside while letting water go through. I realize there are many different kinds of valves so I am going to have to figure a way to cut the valve out. It is in an office building, and trust me, real nightmare trying to access this valve. I will try and braze the packing nut to the stem first. There is a shut off at the meter.

jmon 03-16-2013 07:35 PM

got a picture? would help us see what your seeing. If you could post one, would be helpful.

joecaption 03-16-2013 07:51 PM

If it's not leaking any more why mess with it.
Any time a gate valve opens or closes it's common of them to leak a little around the shaft. A little tweek on the nut and it gone.
The nut can just be repacked if it keeps leaking.

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