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Unread postAuthor: Kris.Is.Awesome » Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:32 pm

Hey, I've got a 2" PVC ball valve, and it is a MONSTER to open and close- especially quickly. Anyone have any tips on making it easier? I tried zip-tying a bar to it, it doesn't work.
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Unread postAuthor: Pete Zaria » Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:40 pm

Oil it. I use Teflon bicycle lube, but any lubricating oil should work. Try to work it into the valve real well. Open and close it a thousand times while you watch TV, that'll loosen it up, heh...

A longer handle on the valve would give you more leverage... You could also try to rig up a spring-loaded system to throw it open.

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Unread postAuthor: LucyInTheSky » Mon Jul 31, 2006 2:05 pm

NOOO! Dont use oil it will rot the seal, use dish soap.
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Unread postAuthor: CS » Mon Jul 31, 2006 2:12 pm

Pneumatic cylinder. Although I think that would be out of your price range not to mention it adds to the complication of the design. Im not sure about all this lube stuff people are talking about, but I suppose dish soap wouldnt hurt the seal. Just put another valve in its place
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Unread postAuthor: boilingleadbath » Mon Jul 31, 2006 5:19 pm

I don't think that your generic oils will either. I mean, such seals are either neoprene, buna-n, or viton (depending on how cheap the manufacturer is).
None of those are degraded by hydrocarbons.
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Unread postAuthor: saladtossser » Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:01 pm

use wd 40 and you are pretty much f*cked
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Unread postAuthor: sgort87 » Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:49 pm

I use standard car grease for mine. It helps, but the best thing to do is find the loosest one in the store first.
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Unread postAuthor: rna_duelers » Tue Aug 01, 2006 6:02 am

I used wd-40 on one of my old ball valves and it worked well to loosen it but after a while the valve seals leaked and they turned all brown and colours from the white they were.
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Unread postAuthor: pyro86 » Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:46 pm

I got a 2" brass ball valve for 35$ and it is very easy to open compared to a pvc one
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Unread postAuthor: pyrogeek » Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:56 pm

I had a bottle of glycerin already so I poured some of that on the seal on my ball valve, and after working it in it opens a helluva lot easier. Dish soap would work just fine instead of this, but I already had it and I didn't want all the suds and odors.

The reason I had glycerin was for mixing with KMnO4, it causes an exothermic reaction and makes fire after like 10 seconds. Mostly I just do that to show to friends.
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Unread postAuthor: Rambo » Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:04 am

I searched in google for brass ball valve.Didn't find anything diferrent for an ordinary ball valve so what is it?
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:17 am

Er....

Its a ball valve with a brass ball and a brass body.... Kinda what it says on the package.
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Unread postAuthor: Rambo » Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:45 am

I see. Copper and zink.So nothing complicated.
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