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Old 04-02-2011, 09:21 AM   #1
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narrow profile ball valve?


I'm trying to put a shutoff valve behind a decorative panel-rad and don't have enough space because of how far the supply/return pipes extend.

Is there such a thing as a threaded narrow-profile 1/2" ball valve, where the handle doesn't extend so far out from the fitting, as in the attached diagram?

I could offset the copper line with a 45-degree elbow, or bend a handle flat, but maybe this "slim-line handle" version exists?
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take the handle off and leave it tied to the pipe with string so you don't loose it.

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take the handle off and leave it tied to the pipe with string so you don't loose it.
But I need to be able to use the valve handle to shut the flow off. So the handle can't have that offset bend, because there's not enough room.
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Take the handle off, flatten it with a brake (or hammer and dolly bar) to remove the offset, and reinstall the handle. You could also just use a small adjustable wrench to shut it off when necessary.
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Install the valve 90* to the openning, you will have to leave the cover off when the valve is shut off.

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Old 04-02-2011, 11:24 AM   #6
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There are on the market "low profile" ball valves with "T" type handles which may just work for this. BUT-the only one's I am familiar with are Stainless Steel, which would not be a bad idea anyway. Try a search at "McMaster-Carr".
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

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