Leaking shut-off valve
Posted by Bob on April 06, 1999 at 12:57:13:
I went to open the valve for one of my hose bibs the other day and it leaked. It had been shut for the winter.
The valve is in a heated basement, mounted upside down. When I opened it, it leaked. I shut it and the leak
stopped. The leak dripped down directly around the stem. My house is five years old and this has not
happened before. The valve has a copper thumb screw on the side of the copper tee. I assume this valve cannot
be re-packed. Does the valve need to be replaced? What is the thumb screw for? Thanks for your help.

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