Our pool build is finished, and the PB is coming out this week to review and collect final payment. However, I noticed today that one of the return ball valves leaks when I "partially close" it. When we run the pressure side cleaner, I partial close the returns to divert more pressure to the cleaner. Today it started a drip when partially closed. It does not seem to leak when fully open or fully closed.
After researching here, seems my "red" valves are some cheap valves from China. I think if I press the PB, he would replace for free, since it should not leak, unless he says "don't partial close".
On the other hand, I think replacing with Jandy Neverlube type valves would be a great upgrade. I believe I can do that myself and not even bother with the PB...as we are so ready for "construction" folks to be gone
From my photo, the top valve (returns) is the problem. If I replace with Jandy's myself, I would do the "cleaner" one as well...so my wife can more easily open/close it.
Question, since the current valves are butted up against the 90 degree elbow...what is the best method to replace? Should I dig down and remove the elbow as well...and use a coupling to attach a new elbow/valve section?