My old hose hook was leaking, as gate valves typically do once they get old and worn, so I decided to go ahead and solder in a new one. Except I’m one of those guys that likes to do things so that they are built much better than the requirement. So I put in a ball valve. But not only did I put in a ball valve, I found one that is made for hose hookups and can install as a screw in or solder on. I used the screw on section to thread it into a base plate (which I painted), then I soldered it onto the pipe. Now I have 4 x 2.5″ torx head screws holding it on from the outside and the 1/2″ soldered pipe on the inside. I get the impression it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
1/4 turn on, 1/4 turn off, booya!
* Extra points to anyone who noticed the PCI slot cover keeping the old gate valve in place.