Replacing or Repacking Leaky Stop Valve?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Kiko, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Kiko

    Kiko Member

    Jul 20, 2009
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    I have a leaky faucet stop valve that is soldered on. Once I cut it off with a tubing cutter, there will only be about a three-inch stub coming out of the wall. Is that enough pipe to slide on a new compression type stop valve?

    Does anyone bother repacking old, leaky stop valves anymore? Does repacking guarantee that the packing nut will stop leaking?
  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    Why waste the time trying to repair an inexpensive stop valve? Replace it with a newer 1/4 turn valve. Three inches is plenty of pipe stub to put a compression fitting on. You could also us a Shark Bite.

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