Can someone please tell me what this is?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by costnerj, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. costnerj

    costnerj New Member

    Jul 2, 2012
    South Carolina
    In my bedroom closet there is a valve that has been leaking. The valve shuts off the water in the home. I took the valve out to replace it and took it to Home Depot, Lowes, and another hardware store and no one seems to have seen this before.

    It has a knob like an outdoor water spigot and it looks EXACTLY like one. The only thing its missing is the second hole that allows the water to come out. I've enclosed a picture of it, to better explain it.

    I'm trying to find a replacement for it to stop the leaking without having to solder the pipe and replace a brand new shut off valve.

    Any help would be great. Thank you!

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  2. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

    Aug 9, 2009
    chances of finding one to match are very slim. Why not just rebuild the one you have with a new washer and packing?

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  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Basic globe ( compression ) valve stem. Unlikely to find a replacement since each brand is different, and given the apparent age, even a valve from the same brand, if you knew it, likely is no longer the same. You can repair those, but it looks like the stem is bent. Time to bite the bullet.

    MASTERPLUMB777 Member

    Aug 6, 2007
    Retired Master Plumber
    Time to cut it out and install a new full port ball valve
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    That could be a Nibco #75 compression globe valve, and if so, a new "top", if you could find a new valve, might interchange with it. It is NOT an approved valve for the water line coming into the house or for a water heater, so replacement would be preferred to repairing it.
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