Join Date: Oct 2010
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Reopening a broken gate valve / raw water intake
I have just joined this site & require any kind of tip or trick .
I have just purchased an old wooden boat ( 1927 ) and the handle on my GAte Valve for my raw water intake has broken off!
I had been having problems with my heat exchanger on my Detroit 471 Diesel engine and figured i'd open it up and clean some of the calcium build up inside it. To do so i had to shut off the Gate Valve ( that will be very much replaced once i can get on the hard ) . Of course it's old and it broke , I am now sitting at dock with no raw water coming in and need to complete this maiden voyage ....
As we all know any engine needs waterto remain cool , without being able to reopen the valve i am stuck , ( money has been wasted in other places , New Batteries , Batt charger , Inverters , Fuel and what not .
What i think i should try and do is to open the main body nut to access the broken screw and the problem should be resolved ???
My other doubt is what if i can't get the broken screw out.
I'm thinking of drilling out the screw to the best i can and opening the valve manually and leaving it open so i can resume my trip , as my boss is getting eager to see me return to work .
Any kind of help would be great as what i keep finding is info on removing the valve or adding another one after it .
I JUST NEED IT TO OPEN !!!