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Old 09-17-2012, 08:35 AM   #1
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More plumbing questions - drain, bypass valves

Sometimes I think this will never end. Some quick history:
  • 94 Southwind
  • Replaced pressure sensor on water-pump
  • Replaced strainer on water pump
  • Open drain valves to train fresh tank and hot water heater
  • Had to replumb to accomodate the new strainer
  • Pump controller fails about two days later
  • Replace pump controller (after waiting 2 weeks for a 2nd day delivery )
  • Refill fresh water to be able to test pump and hot water heater.
  • Apparently, washers in drain valves are shot because they are still leaking even after really torquing them closed.
  • Plumbing in the pump bay is all PEX or Poly Butyl or something like that (copper bands clamping grey plastic to copper fittings)

SO. I've tried dis-assembling the faucets in the pump-bay to replace the washers. NO chance without possibly ruining all other connections. They are frozen on there (I've heard that stress on these types of connections can cause leaking so I have not gone King Kong on them). Looks like I'm going to have to cut them out and replace.

My question is this: Have folks who have had to do this used ball-valves instead of faucets and have they held up to RV life?
Bill & Sharon along with Choo-Choo & Caboose (long-hair chihuahuas), new caretakers of a '94 Fleetwood Southwind
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