I was out at my cabin for the long week end and I noticed pin hole leak
on the body of in take water shut-off ball valve from the well. I was
surprised to see this (barely visible mist spraying out from the hole).
How can this hole come about in the bronze valve body?(~10 years old)
Any how I used duct tape to stop the leak for now but I wonder if there
is some kinda sealant, epoxy or glue to plug this pin hole without going
to the trouble replacing the valve. If replacing is the only remedy I
guess I'll have to wait until summer. For now I left the valve shut
until my next visit out there. any helpful suggestions/comments?
I'm assuming that the leak is in an area where a Fernco coupling won't seal
None of these sealants specifically say "bronze" but you might be able to
call McMaster-Carr and see what they say.
You can try, but I'd replace the valve.
Funny you had that experience, because a few weeks ago I put in a new
bathroom sink faucet fixture.
When the water was turned on, same thing happened.
Barely visible pray from the one side of the gooseneck.
Couldn't even see the hole. I rubbed some setting compound where it
was coming from, and that fixed it.
But it's not under constant pressure.
In your case and mine, something was wrong in the casting process.
If you can shut off the water and dry the area,
two part epoxy might work. I'd wire brush the
area, and mix up some of the 24 hour kind. Might
even put some metal over the epoxy, much like
the car bondo guys do. Some bondo, and then
fiberglass mesh over that. But epoxy and metal.
Might buy some time.
if the incoming line is PEX or copper use sharkbite coulings and valves. just cut the old copper line and snap in the new sharkbite..
super easy to use and they can snap apart in the future if you want to make changes..
they even have a sharkbite repair coupling for copper.. its extra long to patch a leaky copper line from say a pinhole leak....
Is there a chance the hole is in a spot where there are no moving parts
behind it? If so, you might be able to plug it with a small sheet metal
screw. Perhaps a fiber or rubber washer under the screw head would help
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