Loosening ORTEGA copper valve and replacing with PVC valve?


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Jun 21, 2008
Hello everyone, the return to my main and small pool is 2inch copper pipe with an ORTEGA brass valve. It seems stuck. I removed the 4 screws that hold the front and carefully pried the valve half way out, and it would not come out any more. I didn't want to force it so I tapped it back in place.
Looks like most new installs are 2inch PVC, so if I pull the brass valve out and break it, can a PVC valve replace it even if the pipe remains copper? Reason I ask is that the local repair shops won't do copper, they offered me to cut off the copper and replace everything with PVC, which is more labor than I can afford right now.

Thanks for advice.


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May 7, 2007
Silver Spring, MD
You need to have enough room for the copper to PVC conversion fitting on both sides. Usually you need to connect a threaded metal adapter to the copper and then screw on a threaded PVC fitting and then glue PVC to that.