Ball Valves

To adjust the handle torque (handle turning pressure), to stop an annoying leak or to strip down for cleaning, follow these simple steps :

Step 1

Remove the union to expose the end of valve with recesses in the exposed face. Pull the blue handle away from the valve to detach it completely

Step 2

The top surface of the handle has 2 protrusions that act as the 'key.'

Step 3

Pull the blue handle away from the valve to detach it completely. Insert the handle and turn clockwise to tighten, or anti-clockwise to loosen the central fitting

Step 4

You can remove the whole fitting to access and remove/replace the white e.p.d.m. seal and even the ball. It is the e.p.d.m. seal and its contact with the ball that determines the handle torque.



If a small leak develops, stop it instantly by tightening the central fitting clockwise. This will also increase the pressure needed to turn the handle. When reducing the pressure due to stiffness, make sure that you don't loosen too much and create a leak