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Ball valve leaking


Probably need to re-pack the stem with stem packing thread
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May 11, 2014 | Plumbing

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Ball-Type Single Lever Faucets


BALL-TYPE SINGLE-LEVER FAUCETS

  • The single-handle faucet with a ball inside to control both hot and cold water may either leak at the spigot or at the handle. A handle leak is usually caused by improper adjusting-ring tension. Simply adjust the tension to stop the leak. Leaks at the handle can also result from a worn cam gasket. Dripping from the spigot is usually caused by worn spring-loaded, soft rubber seat assemblies.

  • Parts for ball-type faucets are available in kits. Get the spring/seats kit for spigot leaks, or the complete kit for handle leaks. It may be advisable to use the complete kit to replace all working parts of the faucet at the same time. In any case, you'll need a kit containing the spanner/hex wrench for removing the handle (hex end) and turning the adjusting ring (spanner end).

  • Without turning the water off, loosen the handle set screw. Slide the handle from its stem.

  • For a handle leak, try using the spanner wrench to tighten the adjusting collar. Tighten it by turning the wrench and collar clockwise until the faucet doesn't leak when it is turned on and off. If the adjustment is too loose, the faucet will leak. If you turn it too tight, the handle will be hard to move. When the adjusting ring cannot be turned with the wrench, it is corroded. At this point, you will need to remove the cap to free the adjusting ring. (See next step.) You must turn the water off before removing the cap! Apply penetrating oil to the threads, remove the ring and clean all parts before reassembling.

  • Install the seats. For faucet leaks at the spigot, you must install new rubber seats and springs. You must turn off the water to make this repair. Unscrew the chrome cap by turning it counterclockwise. If it won't turn easily, wrap electrical tape around the cap and turn it with pliers. The adjusting ring, which is threaded into the cap's center, will come off with it. For a seats/springs replacement, pull the ball up and out by its stem. The gasketed cam will come with it. Now you can locate the two rubber seats and springs inside the faucet body. Remove them with pliers or yours fingers and install the new ones. The springs go into the holes first, and the cupped sides of the seats fit over the springs.

  • Service the ball. If the ball is dirty or coated with scale, clean it or replace it with a new one. Both plastic and brass balls are available, but use a plastic one if your home has hard water.

  • Reassembly. Put the ball and cam back into the faucet with the slot in the side if the ball fitting over the pin in the faucet body. Then make sure the tab on the cam slips down into the notch in the body. Not aligning the tab and notch is the number one cause for a faucet leaking after it is repaired. Finally, screw on the cap and adjust the ring as described in Step 2. If a properly adjusted ball-type faucet leaks at the cap, the cam and gasket must be replaced.

  • Swing spouts. If a single-lever ball faucet leaks at the base, you should replace the O-rings. Remove the spout-retaining parts, as well as the spout. Wrap the spout-retaining nut with electrical tape to protect it, and remove the nut with a wrench or pliers by turning counterclockwise. Remove the spout by pulling it up and side-to-side. One or more O-rings should now be exposed. Take the O-rings to your hardware or home center store to get matching O-rings for replacement. Clean any scale that appears on the spout base, faucet body, and the inside of the swinging spout. Install the new O-rings and reverse the steps above to reassemble the faucet.

on Jan 16, 2010 | Plumbing

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Super pump 11 keeps blowing the threaded adaptor off the discharge. I replaced the 11/2 inch pvc adapter twice. Both times the adaptor blew off. Any ideas.


Something is causing the pump to "dead head" which means it is trying to pump water through a closed pipe. Check any valves, the filter, heater etc.. downstream from the pump. Your water flow is being severely restricted. Hope that helps.

May 11, 2013 | Hayward Pool & Spa

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Ball valve is leaking


Valve needs to be replaced, if its leaking at the solder joint, you can reheat that and apply flux then resweat the joint with more solder, if its leaking from handle where it attaches to valve body it needs replaced.

Nov 11, 2012 | Plumbing

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I cannot locate the PVC Valve. Where is it


Pcv valves usually have a spring loaded check ball, and are usually fitted into the valve cover or crankcase vent. The other end terminates into the intake manifold.

Feb 07, 2010 | 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Can these valves leak and cause a pump to lose prime


Absolutely...There are 'o' rings they may be leaking on the stem of the handle

Jan 09, 2010 | Pentair 2" Pvc, 3 Way Lube Free Diverter...

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Water dripping out of backwash port when handle is on filter


You might have it overfilled with sand. It's getting into the seats of the valves.

Jun 20, 2009 | Hayward SAND FILTER, PRO SERIES

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Kohler Forte Single Handle Faucet Leaks


you will have to replace the ball assembly with a repair kit
1 turn the water off under the sink (hot and cold)

remove the handle ( you may need an allen head wrench to remove a hex screw or you may have to take a channel lock pliar and unscrew achrome
nut over the ball mechanism

after the handle comes off there is usually some type of lock nut that you must remove to remove the ball mechanism

remove the ball (usually chrome or brass(ther are usually little springs and rubber washers under ball

take ball and washer to ACe or lowes and match the pieces (usually sold as a kit

follow directions and installl

turn water on and pat yo!ur self on the back !

Nov 12, 2008 | Kohler Forte entertainment remote valve...

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Operation my Pentair 2" Pvc, 3 Way Lube Free Diverter


Every valve is unique to the system in which it is plumbed. You cannot specifically say that there is one way to turn a valve and then apply it to your situation. So, there is a way to determine what you need. Three way valves should be plumbed with the water flowing into the valve at what one would recognize as the "leg" of a letter "T".

Assuming the valve is plumbed this way, the source of flow to the other ports is either from the pool/spa or to the pool/spa. for a valve plumbed in front of a pump, the direction is from the pool/spa. For the other 3 way valve, it is to the pool/spa.

The easiest way to detemrine flow is point the valve handle to one direction. Keep in mind that water flow travels under the valve handle. So, if you see water flowing from your skimmer at the pool, the direction the valve handle is pointing is FROM the pool. The opposite port of the valve (180 degrees) is FROM the spa. Do the same for the other valve. If water flows to the spa with a jet action as opposed to a small trickle, you have directed flow TO the spa.

In general, both handles will be pointed in the same direction. At times, they may not so that is why you need to determine flow and then label thew ports.

It is not wise to run a system with the flow not set for POOL suction/POOL return or SPA suction/SPA return. Having the valves in opposite direction can result in an elevated spa draining to a level equal to the pool.

Nov 02, 2008 | Pentair 2" Pvc, 3 Way Lube Free Diverter...

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