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Old 12-04-2012, 06:51 PM   #1
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Sigh, lost low point drain caps (SabreSam?)

I blew out my water lines a couple of weeks ago in preparation for colder weather here. I'm starting to de-winterize it in prep for a trip in 2-ish weeks. I have found that apparently I've lost my low-point drain caps. Does anyone know what I need to get as a replacement for these?

Or, Sam, can you save me and tell me that your parts folks will ship some out for the low-low price of $20?

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Old 12-04-2012, 07:00 PM   #2
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Go to Lowes or a local hardware store and get, 1/2" NPT ball valves. Once installed you'll never have to remove them to winterize, only open the valve.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:34 PM   #3
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Low point drains

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I blew out my water lines a couple of weeks ago in preparation for colder weather here. I'm starting to de-winterize it in prep for a trip in 2-ish weeks. I have found that apparently I've lost my low-point drain caps. Does anyone know what I need to get as a replacement for these?

Or, Sam, can you save me and tell me that your parts folks will ship some out for the low-low price of $20?

Thanks.

Sincerely,
A dunce
Quick question my drains end in a 1/2NPT plug, are yours caps instead?
No big deal, valves will fit if you insert a close nipple first if they are plugs like mine.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:24 PM   #4
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Go to Lowes or a local hardware store and get, 1/2" NPT ball valves. Once installed you'll never have to remove them to winterize, only open the valve.
I also installed pvc ball valves.
Also ran lengths of pvc out to the side of the 5er so I didnít have to crawl under every time I wanted to drain.

Also put a ball valve on the fresh water tank drain.



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Old 12-04-2012, 09:33 PM   #5
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:15 PM   #6
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Great idea. That is going on my "to do" list for next summer.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:04 AM   #7
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My fresh water tank drain already has the valve. It was my 2 low point drains that had caps.

If I want to add these ball valves, what tools do I need/how do I do it? (Mind you, I'm a computer guy with no real handy-man ability.)
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You always have the best pictures which show/explain/etc. perfectly.

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My fresh water tank drain already has the valve. It was my 2 low point drains that had caps.

If I want to add these ball valves, what tools do I need/how do I do it? (Mind you, I'm a computer guy with no real handy-man ability.)

Were they threaded caps?

If so, then look for some threaded ball valves (should be 1/2" NPT) and you will just thread them on in place of the caps.

You will need some teflon tape (thread seal) or paste and some channel lock pliers to hold the threads on the pipe coming out of the trailer and tighten it (the Valve) about as tight as you can get it by hand. (without turning red in the face)

Wrap the teflon tape in the direction of the threads, that is clockwise, or the paste is a bit eaiser to put on. Just a bit messy.

BTW If they are like Herks pic above, the 6 flat spots above the threads is where you hold it with the channel locks.
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My fresh water tank drain already has the valve. It was my 2 low point drains that had caps.

If I want to add these ball valves, what tools do I need/how do I do it? (Mind you, I'm a computer guy with no real handy-man ability.)
I used channel lock pliers to hold the down pipe while I hand tightened the valve. I also added Teflon pipe dope to the threads before I assembled them.

Total time for mod about 10 seconds per valve.
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