- Jan 13, 2011
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You should always replace an old valve when you can.
You sure got a lot going on in that small space.
Yeap, I always use pipe thread adapters for valves like that.
So you’re saying leave all that shit there and just add a new shut off valve (that actually shuts) just before the flex line?Old plumbing is a bitch, especially in tight places like that.
I'd probably take the easy approach and just disconnect the flex line, install a brass street elbow or two if needed, install a new NPT valve and reconnect the flex line.
Otherwise I'd disconnect the flex line, un-solder at the tee making sure to wrap a wet rag around the other side. Sweat a new male NPT adapter in with a new NPT valve.
I sure you'll get a hundred different answer though.
Just make sure if you buy a shutoff valve that is threaded on both ends, you tape and tighten those suckers down really well before you sweat everything into place. I had a few that leaked afterwards and had to pull them back out to tighten them down again.
The line coming out of the valve supplies the inside of the house. There is a water softener and water heater right there. I believe it goes to the water softener first.What are the flex lines connected to?
You could add a valve using a union. Then use braided hose like is available for water heaters. The braided hoses have compression fittings. This would make the valve and braided hose easily replaceable.
That's how mine is set up. Last year I went to go home and the valve handle broke off with the valve almost shut. I had Carey come change the valve while I was gone so I could turn the water on the next trip..Outside sink. Outside irrigation is after the main valve that comes out of the ground but before this one. That way I can shut off the house water when I leave and leave irrigation on.