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    Help with solar ball valve

    This solar ball valve is leaking really bad.
    Its in a location where I have no idea how to replace it.

    I have about 2 inches on each side I can cut it out but have not a clue of what to put in place of it, there is no flex in-between where this leaky valves sets.
    At this point I just need it to stop leaking so I can run my pool.
    I need some ideas ???
    THanks
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    Re: Help with solar ball valve

    Get a Jandy or Hayward ball valve, you can measure where to cut existing pipes and the threaded union parts will allow you to reassemble whenever necessary.

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    Re: Help with solar ball valve

    Is your solar not automated? Can you provide a picture of more of the plumbing?

    A Neverlube-type valve would be better than the PVC ball valves, but in this case with no flexibility, I agree with pooladdict that a double union ball valve might be the easiest solution.
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    Re: Help with solar ball valve

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Is your solar not automated? Can you provide a picture of more of the plumbing?

    A Neverlube-type valve would be better than the PVC ball valves, but in this case with no flexibility, I agree with pooladdict that a double union ball valve might be the easiest solution.
    What is a double union ball valve ? And is it as good as a Jandi valve ?
    I been studying my situation and I think I can cut it all out and put in a 2 inch Jandi valve in ,
    At least I can work on the Jandi if it breaks in the future.
    I wish the solar company would have told me to use a Jandi valve in the first place.
    6000 gallon Viking fiber glass pool Blue Safire with 250gallon Spa spill over , (Frog chlorinator not hooked up ) , Jandy filter cartridge, Sta-Rite heater 333 Btu , Liquidator

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    Re: Help with solar ball valve

    Google "double union ball valve" and you will seen lots of them. It is still a ball valve so could stiffen and break (and not be automated). But it is easy to remove and replace the ball valve because of the 2 unions.

    The Jandy-type valves are rebuild-able and you can add an actuator if desired.
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    Cool Re: Help with solar ball valve

    Thanks for all the advice. I went with the valve that can be replaced and rebuilt . It was a ***** to get it to fit back in the same spot. I didn't think it could be done but I keep looking at it and studying it and thinking about it and came up with a way.
    That is a hard lesson . I will not ever use a valve that cannot be rebuilt again.
    Thanks so much for your reply
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