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Replacing a Halkey Roberts Boat Valve

How do I replace a Halkey Roberts boat valve?
Haley Robbers boat valves are made in two parts. 1, the nut on the inside of the boat, and 2, the valve itself that screws into the nut. It is an easy procedure to change the valves. At Jack's Plastic Welding, we install valves fairly tight. and on our larger boats we place a reinforcing patch on the fabric inside. We put the valve in tightly because the material will take a set, or be permanently deformed by the ridges that are molded in the valve flange where it compresses the fabric. The valve is hard to break loose at first. after they are loose they are easily turned by hand or by a pair of pliers.

Procedure:
With the tube flat, place your knees on both sides of the valve. This puts pressure on the material, and forces the bottom of the nut to the ground. Next take a pair of channel locks that are large enough to grab the outer circumference of the valve flange on the outside and gently break loose the valve form the nut, turning it counter clockwise (right handed thread). Be sure that the valve popet on the inside of the valve is closed. Also be sure that you take care not to damage the material. After the valve is broken loose, take your channel locks and use the valve cap to unscrew it the rest of the way. If the valve cap is missing simply continue using the outside of the valve flange until you can unscrew it by hand.

After the valve is out, check the nut to be sure that it is not cracked. If not simply screw a new valve in. Valves must be identical. If the valve flange has three holes in it, (for the cap string) you must use a valve with three holes in it, and you can not use a short valve in a long valve nut. YOU NEED NOT TIGHTEN IT TOO TIGHT. the material is already set with the previous valve, and it does not need to be cranked down. 7 ft lbs of torque is what is recommended, and that is a light touch. Be careful when starting the new valve in to the nut that the valve and nut are not cross threaded.

Valve tools are available made of PVC pipe, and are inexpensive. I still recommend that the valve be broken loose with a pair of channel locks. Expensive valve tools can be purchased through us. They fit on a 1/2 inch drive ratchet and they cost about $35.00 each. There are different tools for different boat valves. Therefore please know if the valve is a Long valve, (the popet valve stem does not stick up above the valve flange) a short valve old style with one string hole, or a short new style with three string holes in the valve flange. Remember valve styles are not interchangeable.

Before replacing the valve, use a Q tip soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt that may be holding the valve open on the seal. Always try to roll boats up on a tarp or deck boards. This will eliminate the possibility of mud and sand entering the valve.

For more information write me at info@jpwinc.com.

How do I replace a Halkey Rovers Valve?
Haley Robbers boat valves are made in two parts. 1 the nut on the inside of the boat, and 2 the valve itself that screws into the nut. It is an easy procedure to change the valves. At Jack's Plastic Welding, we install valves fairly tight. and on our larger boats we place a reinforcing patch on the fabric inside. We put the valve in tightly because the material will take a set, or be permanently deformed by the ridges that are molded in the valve flange where it compresses the fabric. The valve is hard to break loose at first. after they are loose they are easily turned by hand or by a pair of pliers.

Procedure:
With the tube flat, place your knees on both sides of the valve. This puts pressure on the material, and forces the bottom of the nut to the ground. Next take a pair of channel locks that are large enough to grab the outer circumference of the valve flange on the outside and gently break loose the valve form the nut, turning it counter clockwise (right handed thread). Be sure that the valve popet on the inside of the valve is closed. Also be sure that you take care not to damage the material. After the valve is broken loose, take your channel locks and use the valve cap to unscrew it the rest of the way. If the valve cap is missing simply continue using the outside of the valve flange until you can unscrew it by hand.

After the valve is out, check the nut to be sure that it is not cracked. If not simply screw a new valve in. Valves must be identical. If the valve flange has three holes in it, (for the cap string) you must use a valve with three holes in it, and you can not use a short valve in a long valve nut. YOU NEED NOT TIGHTEN IT TOO TIGHT. the material is already set with the previous valve, and it does not need to be cranked down. 7 ft lbs of torque is what is recommended, and that is a light touch. Be careful when starting the new valve in to the nut that the valve and nut are not cross threaded.

Valve tools are available made of PVC pipe, and are inexpensive. I still recommend that the valve be broken loose with a pair of channel locks. Expensive valve tools can be purchased through us. They fit on a 1/2 inch drive ratchet and they cost about $35.00 each. There are different tools for different boat valves. Therefore please know if the valve is a Long valve, (the popet valve stem does not stick up above the valve flange) a short valve old style with one string hole, or a short new style with three string holes in the valve flange. Remember valve styles are not interchangeable.

Before replacing the valve, use a Q tip soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt that may be holding the valve open on the seal. Always try to roll boats up on a tarp or deck boards. This will eliminate the possibility of mud and sand entering the valve.

For more information write me at info@jpwinc.com.

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