Ball valve replacement.

Discussion in 'Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum' started by matty, May 18, 2009.

  1. matty

    matty New Member

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    Let's start by saying I am quite the plumbing novice. I have a cracked Ball valve on my sprinkler system that needs to be removed and replaced. I have tried to torch the valve and break the soldered connection to no avail, Suggestions?

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    Last edited: May 20, 2009
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    You would want to cut the plastic pipe to make sure there is not even one drop of water inside the valve you are trying to head.

    Bigger torch, FD standing by;
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots Sprinkler Guy

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    Where is your backflow preventer? You ain't legal without one of those, and your home is unsaleable with major code violations.
  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    I suggest you contact a lawn sprinkler installation company. There are at least 3 problems I see. First, the valve is not a frost free, second, there is no backflow preventor, and third, you absolutely can not heat a joint enough to melt solder if there is any, repeat ANY water even close. You are risking your family's health with this hacked hook up.
  5. matty

    matty New Member

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    Valve replaced, back flow protector installed, thanks for the advice.
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Good, now show us a picture of what you used and how you did it.
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