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Old 04-18-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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After turning this valve off to replace my kitchen faucet seals, both are dripping from the yellow handle section when I turn the water back on. Other valves I've dealt with have a nut right behind the handle but these don't. There must be some way to tighten that section! Anyone help me out?

Do I need to pull the yellow plastic handle off?

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After turning off the main water supply, remove the handles, packing nut and the valve stem. You will likely see an O ring on the stem that your local ACE hardware or other favorite store will have. While there purchase a container / tube of water proof plumber's grease and apply a liberal coat to moving parts prior to assembly. That should stop the leak if parts where the O ring resides are cleaned of calcium build up etc.

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Thanks Fairview. They never dripped prior to me turning them off/on. Because of that, would I be correct in assuming the O ring is fine?

I'm hoping there is a hex nut or something under the handle that simply needs tightening.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:31 PM   #4
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Thanks Fairview. They never dripped prior to me turning them off/on. Because of that, would I be correct in assuming the O ring is fine?

Probably not. Those angle stops are very old and O-rings split over time. When you turned the knob, the o-ring moved and water is making its way through the split.

I would replace both angle stops with ball valves, but that's just me.
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No need for ball valves but I sure would change them for some new 1/4 angle stops.
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When you use the waterproof grease, you might want to wear rubber gloves. Do you know how hard it is to get waterproof grease off your fingers?
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I thought 1/4 turn valves were ball valves
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Doesn't it have a packing nut under the handle? Why don't you just tighten that up?
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When you use the waterproof grease, you might want to wear rubber gloves. Do you know how hard it is to get waterproof grease off your fingers?
Pretty darn hard with water!
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I thought 1/4 turn valves were ball valves

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When you use the waterproof grease, you might want to wear rubber gloves. Do you know how hard it is to get waterproof grease off your fingers?
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Turn off the water main. Cut the pipe immediately behind the valve with a close quarters hack saw with a very fine tooth dull blade (Copper grabs like heck with a new blade, because it is soft. Deburr pipe, and clean with plumbers emory, and sweat on new 1/4 turn ball valves or install compression, or shark bites if you cant solder. Replace supply valves with braided stainless. Trying to repair these old valves is simply not worth it.
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Also grab a couple new braided water lines for the new valves. You have plenty of copper pipe coming out of wall. Changing the valves would be a breeze.
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Doesn't it have a packing nut under the handle? Why don't you just tighten that up?
Remove the plastic handles and tighten the nut with the valve stem sticking through it----
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If for some reason you don't find a packing nut or cant stop the drip- replace the stops with iron pipe stops. No need to cut the pipes- you have male adapters on the supply stubs

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