Saddle Valve Question

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Old 06-11-06, 06:53 PM
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Saddle Valve Question

This valve does not completely shut off the water to my heating humidifier. Can I safely tighten using pliers? Would turning the packing nut do the trick?

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Originally Posted by Skysblue
This valve does not completely shut off the water to my heating humidifier. Can I safely tighten using pliers? Would turning the packing nut do the trick?

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A saddle valve is not the best valve. (they always leak or do not work) You can try to turn the packing nut but be carfull.

My suggestion would be (if you know how to solder pipes) is to replace it with a 1/4" ball valve.

Once you do that you will not have any more problems.
 
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Saddle valves are not code in my area and are not to be used. They clog up easily and leak over time.
 
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Old 06-11-06, 09:07 PM
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Not to mention the pittance of flow they allow. I always like to install a tee with a ball valve installed on the side of the tee. More flow, less leak, less clog.
 
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