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Posted by Kraig on April 12, 2008 at 07:40:52:
In Reply to: Re: Looking for leak up close with flashlight posted by Bill D. on April 10, 2008 at 08:59:27:
It was not a butterfly valve, a shut off valve is it. I could tell from a distance it was the bottom gasket on it. I take it these things can turn into a major leak fast, I was wondering if there is any sense to getting that close when you know what you have to do?: Is this the same butterfly valve you were afraid of thightening under pressure? Are you sure it's not a globe valve? I may be wrong but I have never seen a butterfly valve used in a steam line. And to answer your previuos question about thightening a leaking gasket under pressure I would of course use some judgement as to how bad the leak is. If it stops the leak great but sooner or later you need to replace the gasket. As for the flashlight,a visual is great but if this is superheated steam well, but he may have been checking to see if there is any physical damage to the valve that might lead to a failure. I would be asking my boss these questions if I felt there was a danger. There is no such thing as a dumb question and if your boss is rediculing you for that they need to remember what it was like when they were learning. Safety is first and of the utmost.
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