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Discuss Changing 3 Port Valve On Bungs at UK Plumbers Forums; After a bit of advice please. System is completely conventional OV, 2 tanks, 3 port, etc. Firstly, is it possible and advisable to change the 3 port valve on f ...
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    After a bit of advice please. System is completely conventional OV, 2 tanks, 3 port, etc.

    Firstly, is it possible and advisable to change the 3 port valve on f & e bungs?

    Secondly, I have the conical, rubber bungs, but the outlet for tank has splines in it. How can I get good seal with these bungs?

    Lastly, any tips and advice re. bunging and changing the valve would be great - to avoid a tsunami!

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    Don't want to stat the obvious, but wouldn't it be quicker and safer just to drain down? You will still have to bleed the system after using the bungs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by plumbandplumber View Post
    Secondly, I have the conical, rubber bungs, but the outlet for tank has splines in it. How can I get good seal with these bungs?
    use a lump of plumbers mate in an old flannnel, you can manipulate it into the right shape

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chalked View Post
    Don't want to stat the obvious, but wouldn't it be quicker and safer just to drain down? You will still have to bleed the system after using the bungs!
    Ive never really understood the fascination with bunging the system. Drain down takes no time at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by APPlumbing View Post
    Ive never really understood the fascination with bunging the system. Drain down takes no time at all.
    I'm like that as well. When I'm draining I wire in the new valve. Then when it's filling I'm having a cup of tea.
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    Really? I use them all the time and if your careful they are much quicker then draining down, plus you don't have to reload the inhibitor.

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    I use bungs all the time too, some systems lock up just like that and them some you wonder why you didn't just drain it! 3 ports can some times be a pest because you have 3 open pipes where the air lock can break. Make sure you have everything you need to install the new valve to hand.

    If you aren't confident and it will cause damage if the lock breaks then just drain it.
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    I see the advantage of bungs but personally I drain down and give the system the benefit of a flush whilst doing the work

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    Default Re: Changing 3 Port Valve On Bungs

    Bung it all the way, specially if its a old system, don't want any crap sucking down the cold feed from the bottom of the F & E tank now, oooooo the panic on the faces of plumbers when they try to fill up and nothings happening
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    Default Re: Changing 3 Port Valve On Bungs

    Same. Usually bung it, turn off top pump valve if gate type to leave 2 open ends. Crack nut on valve and into a bag. Usually about a pint. Much quicker than draining.

    Although I've seen some lads trying to bung 2 floors to change a heat exchanger on a Fleixicom. Told him not to. Sooooooo funny
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    Thanks for your replies. It's an ancient system that's been added to over the years and has been a real problem with airlocks in the past. I would like to bung if I can.

    With bunging the F&E outlet and the splines, would a carrier bag over the bung work?

    Any other tips appreciated. Thanks to all.

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    I find it doesnt take that long to drain and swap a valve on most systems. As soon as I hear it gurgle past the pump etc then whip valve out change nuts put new in wallop inhibitor in the f and e although not much water would of been drained turn water back on, by now my cup of tea will be the right temperature so slurp my tea whilst bleeding the pump and thumb vents in airing cupboard turn on and test. usually 40mins to an hour.
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