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    Default How do I remove the top screen from a control valve?

    In this case, an Autotrol 255... doesn't seem to want to untwist. I'm leaning toward crushing the screen and replacing it when I reinstall the valve, but if there's a way to do it without destroying it, I'd love to save the big bucks. Are top screens interchangeable among different valve brands?

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    They do get stuck, you just have to work at it. If it is full of iron, use some iron out. I've used the same upper basket on Clack as well as Fleck valves.

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    This one isn't stuck -- valve has never been used (it's along story) -- and it twists back and forth freely about 1/32" along the diameter. There are 4 little locking tabs on the outer rim (if it's anythinglike the Fleck top basket) that are doing a damn fine job of locking. I see no way to unlock it

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    The clack stacked screens tend to lock in almost permanently. The standard screens should be removable. Clack and Fleck screens are deifinitely different. The Clack screens will usually work in Fleck, the Fleck screens have difficulty working in Clacks without trimming 2 of the tabs on the screen.

    Keep at it, I doubt you will damage the valve, just the screen, and they are cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditttohead View Post
    Keep at it, I doubt you will damage the valve, just the screen, and they are cheap.
    Cheap is good. This one is history .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditttohead View Post
    The clack stacked screens tend to lock in almost permanently. The standard screens should be removable. Clack and Fleck screens are deifinitely different. The Clack screens will usually work in Fleck, the Fleck screens have difficulty working in Clacks without trimming 2 of the tabs on the screen.

    Keep at it, I doubt you will damage the valve, just the screen, and they are cheap.
    I didn't know that. I guess I've always used the Clack upper basket unknowingly, which as you stated fits on the Fleck, and thought they were interchangable. Thanks for the info.

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    As I stated, I'm working with an Autotrol (GE) 255 valve. Dealer who sold me the valve gave me a Fleck screen, I think. Says it'll work. I'll find out tomorrow.
    Last edited by Mikey; 03-22-2013 at 07:58 AM. Reason: corrected mega-typo

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