A brass ball valve is a piece of metal pipe that has the capability to regulate the flow of water. In fact, you can see brass ball valves in any parts of your home and you can be that even your pool shower has one to regulate the water that comes from the shower. It is commonly used in plumbing and piping to connect 2 pipes, and it is generally preferred over a PVC one due to its durability. The use of brass ball valves may be a bit difficult to make, however, with the right technique your plumbing system can go a long way. Thus, you need to pay particular attention on the specifications you need.
Tools and Materials:
- Pipe cutter
- Ball valve
- Open ended spanner or adjustable spanner
Step 1 – Choosing a Brass Ball Valve
There are many types of brass ball valves that are sold in the market to suit different needs. So, you must carefully choose the type of ball valve according to the pressure, type of fluid and temperature that your ball valve will be exposed to. Aside from this, you also need to consider the correct strength of the ball valve needed in order to support the pool shower capacity.
Step 2 – Checking the Pipes to Be Connected
Before installation of the brass ball valve, you need to check out the pipes that you are going to connect. Ensure that the pipes are free from debris or any obstruction that may cause a blockade. Further, you have to check that both pipes that are to be connected to each side of the valve are aligned so that the valves will perform effectively. Also, you need to assess the two pipe openings are a perfect match because if there is any discrepancy in size, this may cause distortions in flow and pressure of the water and may eventually cause a leak in your ball valve.
Another important thing you need to check with your pipes is that you have to ensure that both pipes are well mounted to prevent giving added pressure on your ball valves. All of these necessary checking of your pipes has to be done in order to lengthen the life span of your ball valve and make it efficient.
Step 3 - Installation of Brass Ball Valve
Once you have completely checked your brass ball valve and pipes for compatibility, it is now time to install the ball valve. All you have to do is to screw the ball valve in place with the help of an adjustable spanner or an open ended spanner. Avoid using a monkey wrench. It is important to know that you do not need to use a vice in order to tighten the valve fixings. Remember that you should never overdo the tightening of the ball valve because this may cause a leak or rupture. The general rule of thumb in valve tightening is never to tighten a valve over a torque of more than 30 Nm. As a last rule that you need to keep in mind is never block the ball valve with any extensions because it can lead to weakening of the casing or a rupture.