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Replaced My Original Hot And Cold Fresh Water Drain Valves

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Replaced My Original Hot And Cold Fresh Water Drain Valves
« on: August 16, 2021, 09:29:24 pm »
Each year my two original multi-turn (many turn) fresh water drain valves got harder and harder to open and close.  Today they were so difficult that I twisted off the handles breaking the valve stems, so it was time to replace them.  In my 2007 2350, they are located in the main outdoor storage compartment, right up against the forward wall.


Menards was the only store I found that stocked 90 degree PEX 1/4 turn ball valves that accepted 3/8 PEX piping.  CLICK HERE to see the ones I bought.  They are so much nicer than the original multi-turn valves that were never user friendly.

I re-learned today that 3/8" ID PEX piping requires THESE 1/2" copper crimp rings like Phoenix used.

Replacing them was not easy because of the limited space and length of pipe to work with.  It took some determination but I got it done and done right.




Imagine trying to fit this beast in such a confining space.
« Last Edit: August 17, 2021, 07:17:50 am by Ron Dittmer »
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Re: Replaced My Original Hot And Cold Fresh Water Drain Valves
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2021, 06:45:51 pm »
Ron, I would like to replace mine which are el cheapo plastic valves that love to leak.  I just keep replacing the O rings in them and call it a day because of the poor accessibility of getting to the critters.  I have three valves, not two.   I do think mine are more accessible than yours in the picture.  That must have been a real task. 

Paul

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Re: Replaced My Original Hot And Cold Fresh Water Drain Valves
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2021, 07:54:13 am »
I replaced mine due to leakage as well, but I went and got 2 shark bite ball valves. The reason I used those was because I didn't need the pex tools.  It simply remove the old valves and installed the shark bite valves. No leaks and easy opening, fast draining.

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Re: Replaced My Original Hot And Cold Fresh Water Drain Valves
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2021, 08:44:38 am »
I replaced mine due to leakage as well, but I went and got 2 shark bite ball valves. The reason I used those was because I didn't need the pex tools.  It simply remove the old valves and installed the shark bite valves. No leaks and easy opening, fast draining.
Those full-flow brass valves are the best type.  When they are open, it's like there is no valve at all, no restriction in the flow, no place for debris to accumulate.
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