Need a ball valve recommendation

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by techinstructor, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. techinstructor

    techinstructor New Member

    Apr 24, 2009
    North Carolina
    Can anyone recommend a brass ball valve that will last? We replaced on that we had used for about 1 1/2 years with the same brand. The second one has only been installed for about 3 months and it is already leaking (just a drip) from the top of the valve.

    I've been buying them at Lowes, American Valve brand.

    These are not cheap but I'd be willing to pay more for one that will last at least a few years. Any suggestions?

  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    They are not really designed to be a valve that is continually turned on and off. Doing that WILL wear the stem packing seal, which is what is happening to your valves. There is a packing nut under the handle which might be able to be tightened to stop the drip, but it will eventually come back. You need a "faucet" designed for constant usage.
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