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  • Old heater control valve rebuild

    I was about to go to a NAPA store to buy a heater control valve.
    Then I found a 1940's vintage one.
    I was intrigued by the possibility of rebuilding it.
    I sandblasted the outside and cleaned out the inside.
    The plunger is nice looking brass.
    The packing was asbestos rope, I think.
    I happened to have the same material, from where I don't know.
    I twisted several strands around the plunger where the old sealer was.
    Then I reassembled the valve.

    Questions:
    Is this the right procedure to renew this old water valve?
    Is it worth bothering with it?
    If yes, then I would like to use it on the 37 CE I am working on.

    Thanks

    Paul

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    If you can make it work, go for it. I think the packing was graphited cord of some kind, not necessarily asbestos. Industrial plumbing supplier should have valve packing.

    My big complaint about those old hex-body valves that Stude used is the monkey-motion linkage that simply can't apply enough force to move the plunger fully onto its seat.

    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands
    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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