Valve Recommendation

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Old 10-09-17, 02:21 PM
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Valve Recommendation

I have a sprinkler system with the main shutoff valve located about 3 ft underground. The current valve is a 1/4 turn in 1" copper and was installed in 1993. It has gotten so hard to turn that I have to add a cheater on my valve key to get enough leverage. I'll have it replaced next spring as I am afraid of breaking something. With the hand digging this is a pretty expensive job, so I would like valve that will last multiple decades. Any recommendations on valve type and manufacturer?
 
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Old 10-09-17, 03:37 PM
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A good brass 1/4 turn ball valve would be my choice.

Follow up question, does the valve have to be 3' underground, that would be detrimental to any such valve!
 
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Old 10-09-17, 03:48 PM
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I'd say 25 years of underground service is pretty good for a valve.
 
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Old 10-10-17, 08:01 AM
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The way it is plumbed I am stuck with the buried valve. It is a duplex, so there are two of these and the other one works fine after all these years. The difficult operation started in 2011 and has progressively gotten worse. At 72 probably any valve will last my lifetime. Oh well.
 
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