Need to ID Gate Valve (Please Help)
Hello Everyone! This is my first post - I have been reading the forum for a while now.
The water shut-off gate valve coming in to my house is broken internally. I noticed it was broken when I tried to shut it off and it spun freely with no resistance.
I realize there are tons of Gate Valve manufactureres. I am hoping (Fingers Crossed) that someone recognizes this brand.
Internally the gate has snapped off of the worm gear that the gate rides on. FYI - I have the snapped off "gate" sitting here at my desk..it was obviously not reinstalled when I put screwed the handle back into the valve body.
I have attached an image and I am hoping that someone will be able to identify the manufacturer from experience etc. There is no "name" on the unit.
This valve being is not a major issue, as the city shut-off is about 20' away and it works fine. The valve the city has on the street is a nice and smooth operating ball valve. Everywhere checked (i.e. plumbing shops), everyone's input is to get a ball valve... which I would certainly do if I ever needed to have this valve professionally replaced.
For now, I would like to find a replacement gate/handle assembly but I cannot find a "matching" gate valve installed locally.
I live in Tucson and my house was built (in a subdivided neighborhood) in 1999. The builder was Kauffman & Broad (KB home). I have not contacted KB Home to ask who the original plumbing sub was..and not sure they'd tell me.
Thanks in advance for reading, experience, and input!
PS - If the pictures doesn't display below I have also hsted it on FlickR:
I really want to tell you to replace the valve, but I won't:wink:
Remove the nut from the handle and look for a thin metal washer. If there, clean the paint off of it. It might tell you what you need to know.
Possibly an old zurn branded valve..Possibly out dated mod.. You would be ahead to just replace with ball valve
I agree with the kenmac. Replace it with a new ball valve.
Honestly, I think I could have replaced it with a new one quicker than it took you to create such an extravagant post.. :whistling2:
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