I have a familiar laundry water supply cut-off valve that opens/closes both
sides by throwing a lever. The valve is leaking and I wonder if anyone has
replaced the 4 washers and two O rings inside successfully. Call me
stubborn, cheap, and an environment nut but I'm offended by the Home Depot
guy who told me to throw it away and buy a new one (he even tried to
convince me that the valve couldn't be taken apart). It doesn't look like
it takes more than $1 of plastic and rubber to recondition but where can I
get the parts?
I worked as a counterman in a plumbing supply house in the 60's and nearly
everyone that purchased a repair kit for a Watts or Simmons laundry valve
returned a short time later to purchase the whole valve. They were a bear
to repair then and I'm sure it hasn't gotten easier.
Thanks for the responses. I removed the valve by unscrewing two large bolts
on the front. If you then choose to replace the valve you'll be done in a
few minutes. I found that the valve can be disassembled with a couple of
sizes of large allen wrenches and by unscrewing the handle. It appears to
me that reconditioning it would only be a bit more difficult than replacing
faucet washers but I think locating the right parts is the trick. I ended
up spending about $19 for a replacement. If you can use a screwdriver and
know where the water supply cutoff is you can do the replacement yourself.
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