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    I have a leaky Delta kitchen faucet that can repack and repair. However, the hot or cold cutoff valve will not fully shut off the water flow. I can work around this to repair the leak in the faucet's valve body, but I don't like the idea that the cutoffs are not functioning properly.

    The house is 10 years old and the cutoffs are simple (probably cheap) T-angle valves. Can they be repacked, or will I have to replace them someday?

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    It's easier to replace them. This was the first plumbing job I ever did myself.

    However, if these leak then I bet your main shut-off valve (for the whole house) does too. If it does, get a plumber to fit a new one (a ball valve) and then play with all your angle stops to your heart's content.

    Quarter turn angle stops are the best ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    It's easier to replace them. This was the first plumbing job I ever did myself.

    However, if these leak then I bet your main shut-off valve (for the whole house) does too. If it does, get a plumber to fit a new one (a ball valve) and then play with all your angle stops to your heart's content.

    Quarter turn angle stops are the best ones.
    Be careful with the main valve. I replaced a kitchen for my mother when I was in HS. Got everything done, turned the water back on and nothing, no water. Turned off the main and replaced the valves, turned the main back on and nothing, no water - except it was the whole house this time. Ended up turning off the pump, gutting the valve and getting water back on. Was years before that valve was fixed properly.
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    The household main valve was replaced, by a pro, a few years ago.

    Yes, I guess I could replace those cutoffs, but a gymnast is required to squirm underneath the cabinet. I thought a repack would save my back a little.

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    You can try snugging the bonnet nuts on the shut offs.

    If that don't werk, get a sleeve puller and yank those things.
    Get quarter turn valve, dey's betta.

    Last edited by Terry; 01-12-2010 at 04:30 PM.
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    squirm underneath the cabinet
    I'm over 250 pounds and I still got under mine.

    Take your time, wear one of those LED lights you strap to your head and lay down with your head in the cupboard. You'll get there in the end.

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    Repacking the valve would only stop a leak coming from around the handle, it would do NOTHING to help the valve shut off the flow of water.

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