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hbcsc153

06:38AM | 05/02/09
Member Since: 09/20/04
15 lifetime posts
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Hello!

I have a 1973 built house that has copper pipes. About a year ago, as the main shutoff to the house (not at the meter) did not shutoff properly, it was replaced with a gate valve. At the same time we replaced the garden hosebibb with a new one as well. After a few months the gate valve didn't shut off completely, and the hosebibb was drippingas well. Replaced the hosebibb and found that inside had rust, and parts of it was "missing". Replaced it. It just started dripping again (about 6 months after replacing it), and I find that area around where the rubber washer is is completely rusted.

Please advice. Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Emil

Sylvan

09:49AM | 05/02/09
Member Since: 01/24/06
1535 lifetime posts
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Copper tubing / Copper pipe / Red Brass pipe / Yellow brass does NOT RUST as only ferrous metals rust.

What you may have is mineral deposits and in this day and age very few plumbers use a gate valve on a water main.

Most would use a ball type as less change of the seating surface becoming blocked.

Many imported valves do not have any USA approval such as ASSE /ASTM/ AWWA so your not sure what the composition of the alloy is BUT on the bright side they are cheap as many contain dangerous toxins such as lead and other heavy metals
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