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Thread: Replacing or Repacking Leaky Stop Valve?

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    DIY Senior Member Kiko's Avatar
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    Jul 2009
    Royal Oak, Michigan

    Default Replacing or Repacking Leaky Stop Valve?

    I have a leaky faucet stop valve that is soldered on. Once I cut it off with a tubing cutter, there will only be about a three-inch stub coming out of the wall. Is that enough pipe to slide on a new compression type stop valve?

    Does anyone bother repacking old, leaky stop valves anymore? Does repacking guarantee that the packing nut will stop leaking?

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    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
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    Yakima WA


    Why waste the time trying to repair an inexpensive stop valve? Replace it with a newer 1/4 turn valve. Three inches is plenty of pipe stub to put a compression fitting on. You could also us a Shark Bite.

    Last edited by Terry; 01-12-2010 at 03:35 PM.


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