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Old 07-07-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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wet valve

I have a water valve which is wet all the time. it appears to be the "stem" which is wet. (it doesn't look like anything is actually leaking) can the stem be "re-packed"? (I've heard you can do that) how do I do this and what do I need? the valve is rather inaccessible so if it's an involved procedure,I may have to go through a wall in an adjacent closet.



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Old 07-07-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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If it has a packing nut- then try to snug it up a 1/4 turn or so with a wrench.
The nut is on top of the valve with the stem coming out of it.

The next option is to repack it. Different products are used for this and your home center will have.

Before removing the nut, be sure it is not under pressure as the nut also holds the guts inside the valve.

There are also valves that are not repack-able so replacement may be the only option

There is a slim possibility you are only dealing with condensation on the outside of the valve


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