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Old 12-05-2012, 11:15 AM   #11
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Oy. 10-seconds- man, that's tough!

Thanks for the info everyone.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:20 PM   #12
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Oy. 10-seconds- man, that's tough!

Thanks for the info everyone.
Meh, maybe a slight exaggeration. It is a very easy mod.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:32 PM   #13
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It definitely takes longer to go get the parts than to install the valves, even if you have an HD or Lowes less than 5 minutes from your house!
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:12 PM   #14
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I don't doubt that it takes 10 seconds per valve as Herk mentioned...........but that's with help from his pipe dope friend or it woudda taken longer.
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So, I got the ball valves and put them into place this even. Fortunately, "Brian" at Lowes saw that I was lost in the plumbing area and was amazingly helpful. Took me right to what I needed.

Unfortunately, they both leak just a bit. The cold is worse than the warm. I don't know if I did a crappy job taping the threads or what (it was harder to get a clean/flat layer of tape than I expected). I'll try again when it's daylight or possibly try the paste. I don't know.

Oh- the original threaded end pieces had these inserts. Any idea what they are? I had to remove them to get the ball valves installed.

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Try some Rectorseal. That is one of the brands Oatey is another. both are good and a bit eaiser to apply than teflon tape.

Those are compression washers/ferrules to help seal the threaded cap. discard those.
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I highly recommend the Teflon pipe dope.

SOS Products Teflon Pipe Dope

Completely cover the male threads and screw the valve on tight.
Real important to completely cover all sides of the male threads.
Leaving gaps will cause a leak.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:51 PM   #18
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Thanks Herk and Lykage, I'll look for this dope/putty at the big box stores and will redo the valves.
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herk you know it all you should openn up a camper store
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So, I got the ball valves and put them into place this even. Fortunately, "Brian" at Lowes saw that I was lost in the plumbing area and was amazingly helpful. Took me right to what I needed.

Unfortunately, they both leak just a bit. The cold is worse than the warm. I don't know if I did a crappy job taping the threads or what (it was harder to get a clean/flat layer of tape than I expected). I'll try again when it's daylight or possibly try the paste. I don't know.

Oh- the original threaded end pieces had these inserts. Any idea what they are? I had to remove them to get the ball valves installed.

Thanks y'all.
Looks like ferrules or gasket installs between the outer nut and the tubing. Used in copper, plastic, stainless tubing, very common. Not the same thread as pipe fittings. I'd take all the above including the caps to Brian and explin the situ. You can also convert the Pex blue/ red tubing to pipe fittings, maybe better, he can show you how.
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