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  • replace leaking ball valve?

    finished putting in a new 3/4 main line last night, and one of the ball valves is leaking just prior the water heater.

    there is a little drop of water at the bottom of the valve body, where the two halves of the valve are joined together (the sweat joints are dry). It drips maybe twice a day from what i can tell.

    I know the correct thing to do is replace it with a new valve, but this joint would be almost impossible to sweat in-place without removing a large section of line and rebuilding (its between 12" joists/insulation, wiring, etc - I built that section on the bench and installed about 10' down the run). Is there any other fix besides replacement?



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    Re: replace leaking ball valve?

    tighten the packing nut....take off the handle and tighten the nut behind it, then put the handle back on. That should do it.
    The Other Rick