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Old 10-18-2015, 02:09 PM   #1
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Main water shut off not working properly


Hello,

The main water shut off valve does not completely shut off the water when it is completely closed. I turn it as far as I can and water still trickles from the faucets upstairs. I attached a picture of the valve. Can this valve be repaired or would it be better to have it replaced with a ball valve? The house was built in 1983 so I'm assuming the valve is as old as the house. I "exercised" it a few times (shut it off and on several times) and this did nothing.

Thanks for the help.

P.S. Sorry about the rotated pic. No matter what I do I can't get it to the correct orientation.
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Old 10-18-2015, 02:21 PM   #2
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If it were mine I'd attempt a repair first being it's soldered.
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Old 10-18-2015, 02:27 PM   #3
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If it was mine I'd be installing a ball valve.
No need to remove the old one if there's an easier area to work from.
A repair coupling looks like a regular coupling but has no hub on the inside so it can be slid over the pipe.
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Install a shark byte ball valve upstream of it.
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Thanks guys. There is not enough room to install one upstream, but plenty of room downstream.
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Opps I ment downstream...
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Old 10-18-2015, 05:18 PM   #7
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can you get us a picture further away...if it was mine ..shut off water at street replace with full flow ball valve...don't like shark bites...sorry...
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Turn it off at the meter and replace the washer.

As for pictures always crop them to be wider left to right. I've gone a far and dropping a skinny one on a white background before posting.
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Here is another angle. To the right of the valve is where the water comes in (where the grounding clamp is attached). The valve is right off a 90 elbow, and then turns down into the concrete wall. Very little room to add another valve there. Plenty of room after the valve.
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It may not be the best solution, but combine post 3 and 4, and there is your quickest and easiest fix. Imo.

No need to remove old valve, just turn off valve, cut/deburr pipe, replace with a full port sharkbyte ball valve. Done. Doesn't matter about the dripping water no need for any soldering. Use a bucket to catch the water, should only take about 5 minutes.

The better but more involved fix would be to replace it with a full port soldered ball valve as suggested in post 7. You may have to get your water district and a local certified plumber involved if you do not have the skills for this fix.
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Isn't that a packing nut below the hand valve? did you try tightening it? crank down on it a bit and see if that helps you.
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Btw, that one 3/4in copper pipe on the left in the wall looks kinked/bent pretty bad. What happened there. I would replace/fix that as well while you have everything open. Just a suggestion.

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Btw, that one 3/4in copper pipe on the left in the wall looks kinked/bent pretty bad. What happened there. I would replace/fix that as well while you have everything open. Just a suggestion.
Nice catch! I completely missed that.
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Btw, that one 3/4in copper pipe on the left in the wall looks kinked/bent pretty bad. What happened there. I would replace/fix that as well while you have everything open. Just a suggestion.
I saw that but thought OH Well, just looks a little non professional.
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