I need to replace the valve that the hot hose of my washing machine is
connected to. Rather then buy another compression boiler valve, I would
like to use a ball valve. Trouble is, I haven't seen any ball valves
that you can connect a hose to. I have seen them installed on steam
boilers to drain the water regularly so they exist somewhere. I can't
use a dual lever valve for both hot/cold because there isn't enough
Anybody know where I can find a boiler valve that is also a ball valve?
Probably because their is a ball in it. Actually, boilers use other valves
also. To blow down a boiler, you want to be able to open it for full flow
so the ball valves are good for that. High pressure requires two types, one
fast opening, one slow opening (more than five turns).
So put the ball valve in place, then a pipe nipple, then an adapter to hose
fitting. They are available at a good industrial supply house, maybe even
Home Depot, but I never looked there. McMaster Carr has them.
Get a single lever dual valve that connects to both the hot and cold water
hoses. You need to install it into your existing lines so there is fitting,
cutting and soldering to do. Worth the effort. BTW, at the same time get a
couple of steel braided hoses if you don't already have them.
Do you happen to know if the valves at Home Depot are
full port ball valves? Stated otherwise, is the opening in
the ball large enough that there is no restriction of water
flow when the valve is in the open position.
Also, I assume that there is a standard garden hose
fitting at one end only?
Update: I used a Nibco model 26 Hose Bibb. It uses a ball valve. Although
it's not full flow, it's more than adequate for controlling the washing
machine water, and it's easy to see if it's on or off just by looking at
it. Hopefully I won't have to replace this valve again.
(C-26 on this page, except mine has a blue handle--couldn't find red
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