We needed to shut off the upstairs hot water and found that we could only slow it down…the crappy plastic valve that came with the house had worn out. So I went out to the hardware store and purchased the necessary supplies to convert to a copper ball valve – the way it should have been put in to begin with. All is well with the world now and I feel much better. I also feel safer since the boiler is directly under where that plastic valve had been, just didn’t seem like a great idea.
This is the old CPVC gate valve, which not only would not close all the way anymore, but was also just a hazard waiting to happen. That valve is about 24″ above the boiler’s exhaust pipe.
Here is the new copper ball valve, 1/4 turn goodness. I extended the copper so that there is no more CPVC above the boiler exhaust. All joints are soldered except of course the CPVC end of the union which is glued.
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