I installed a 3/4" sweat ball valve as part of my plumbing project. After turning the water on there were no leaks for at least several hours.
Now there is a very slow leak (drip) around the stem on the valve. It looks like there is a male threaded insert with hex flats below the valve handle which I could access by removing the nut holding the handle in place.
Can I remove the valve handle and tighten this insert to stop the leak? (similar to tightening the packing nut on a gate valve)
If the valve is bad I'm in a pickle because I don't have much room to work with if I have to remove it and sweat in a new one.