Water Shutoff Valves

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Water Shutoff Valves

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I have a question for the group.... I have a couple water shutoff valves that leak (drip) when in the open position. They don't leak when shut off. Does anyone have experience with rebuilding these? Are there readily available washers, etc.? Or is it best to replace them and if so what't the best method.

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MikeW wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 9:38 am
I have a question for the group.... I have a couple water shutoff valves that leak (drip) when in the open position. They don't leak when shut off. Does anyone have experience with rebuilding these? Are there readily available washers, etc.? Or is it best to replace them and if so what't the best method.
Usually the valves would have normal faucet washers in them, so in theory you'd take them apart and replace the washer.

This might turn into a headache, though, if they break when you're taking them apart. What plumbing do you have? Is it the gray polybutelene, or is it Pex? (I'm not sure when Airstream switched from polybutelene.) If it's polybutelene, fixing that is going to be a headache...you'd have to use some pex-to-polybutelene adapters to replace some pipe and the valves...or replumb the whole thing. Hopefully it's all Pex, or they don't break.
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Re: Water Shutoff Valves

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Thanks skater - it's Pex. I just watched a couple youtube videos and it doesn't look that hard to work with but probably need a couple tool. If anyone here has any advice or recommendations, please let me know.
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