gate valves - guts/inners interchangeable?

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    esp

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    Had a project that required me to turn off water to the house. Main shutoff didn't work so had the water company shut it off at the street. Main shutoff is a gate valve.

    question - Are the inners of a gate valve, I don't know what the correct term would be but, the stem/disc/handle assembly you can screw out of the body commonly or ever interchangeable. I just read that gate valves commonly give out as main shutoffs, so if the whole inner assembly isn't replaceable, is the part that usually gives out replaceable? ie can I just snag another disc of the same size if they're the issue and swap it in there.
     
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    I say good luck. Maybe 1 out if 10 you be able to find the exact gate valve to replace it with. Most likely will have to replace the whole housing
     
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    As Camaro said above, it is possible to just replace the guts of your gate valve, provided you have a common type. As a homeowner myself, I did this as a quick remedy, and was lucky enough to find the exact replacement guts at a local Ace hardware. Obviously your better option would be to replace it with a nice, American made ball valve, which will last alot longer than any gate valve.
     
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    I always get a little worried when I have to use an old gate valve. Seems like they always want to break at the worst time. I'd swap out for a new ball valve if it was up to me.
     
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