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Old 08-04-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Plumbing Question: Faucet Valve


I just changed out the faucet appliance in my kitchen. When I turned on the hot and cold valves water leaked through the valve itself. I would like to replace these but do not feel comfortable with propane and solder in this tight spot.

Can I just buy another new one and replace the top part (the guts)?
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:01 PM   #2
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I just changed out the faucet appliance in my kitchen. When I turned on the hot and cold valves water leaked through the valve itself. I would like to replace these but do not feel comfortable with propane and solder in this tight spot.

Can I just buy another new one and replace the top part (the guts)?
If " leaked through the valve itself " means it leaked out around the valve stem, the valve can be taken apart at the bonnet nut " top part ". Clean all hard water residue with a weak acid and plastic scraper, replace all the "O" rings and re assembled with a liberal amount of water proof plumber's grease. This usually solves the problem.

The biggest enemy of these valves is calcium deposits and the operator shutting them off too tight. BTW, these valves that leak around the stem when they are being operated usually have a "back seat" and will often quit leaking when opened fully buying time for full repair.

With new valves I disassemble and grease before installation and it makes a difference even though the manufacturer lubes with some light stuff of some kind.
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You have some old valves there---You can install new ones without soldering---

Use compression valves---you will need a tubing cutter and two crescent wrenches---

Cut the pipe just below the valve on the left and just below the abandoned saddle valve on the right---slide on the compression nut--then the brass ferrule --then your new valve----tighten up the nut --install your water lines and you are ready to go--

I suggest you use Brass Craft 1/4 turn ball valves--these are available at the Home Depot---
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And make sure to run some sand paper over those old corroded pipes.
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