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Febco Ball Valve Packing AAARRGHH $%#^&

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by SprinklerGuy, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Does it irritate anyone else that the ball valve packing nut needs to be tightened on 75% of all NEW 765 series backflows?

    I am sick and tired of the drips......at least now I check them before I leave the site...but I have replaced 100's of them in the last 2 seasons and most of them have this problem.....you would think they would be "leak-free" right out of the box...

  2. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,221

    Yup. Tightened up 2 of them today. And they weren't new. Well, maybe 3-5 years old. I hear ya brotha.
  3. BSME

    BSME LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 829

    oh man... i was going to complain about the same thing today...

    had the tighten a brand new one I installed today... and one a few days ago
  4. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Rings true for new gate valves also. The packing nuts need a little snugging up even when new.
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,582

    Kind of makes you wish for gate valves on those PVBs - at least the packing on those can always be tightened without removing the handles.

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