Self piercing saddle valve brand

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Is there a specific brand of saddle valves that are any better than the others? Need to replace an existing one that leaks when shut off. Unfortunately I don't have the ability to cut the pipe for a better solution. Thanks
 

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not that I know of . id just get one that fits. I avoid those if possible. never seen one that Id want on my house
 

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By "leaks when shut off" do you mean around the stem or it just does not fully shut off?

Some (most?) rely on the piercing pin-to-pipe contact to make the seal when closed so if they were cranked to bottom out, you will never get a good seal. IMHO they are designed to be open most if not all of the time. If the top half of the saddle has a pipe thread into which the valve screws, you might be able to find a better quality valve that does not rely on the piercing pin to seal.

Places that sell hydronic heating supplies might be a better place to find replacement parts or fittings.
 

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Is there a specific brand of saddle valves that are any better than the others? Need to replace an existing one that leaks when shut off. Unfortunately I don't have the ability to cut the pipe for a better solution. Thanks


I never used a piercing /saddle valve but removed lots of them

We install a tee and install a valve and reduce the size to what is required



"Most state and local codes prohibit the use of a saddle valve, also known as a piercing saddle valve, saddle tap or needle valve, consisting of a clamp that punctures a hole in an existing water intake pipe. It is a shortcut used instead of installing a more permanent and secure connection."
 
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