This is my personal favorite needle valve. I’m not a big fan of the “push button” designs, but I did like that I could simply unscrew the valve, remove the plug, and replace the needle. I even liked the way the needle was a bit off-center, just like the old “push-button” style. But I’ve fallen in love with this one.
One of the primary aspects of the Needle Valve is that it’s basically a plug and play solution. You can just unscrew the valve and replace the needle valve, or you can buy a kit that has a variety of different designs. It’s kind of like a DIY version of the needle valve.
There are a few major advantages of the needle valve over a push-button: You have an easier time aligning the needle and the valve, and the needle is slightly longer. Plus, with a needle valve, you have the ability to change the color of the needle. A push-button requires you to push down and release the trigger twice. The needle valve automatically adjusts to the new color, so you don’t have to do anything to mess up the color.
It is a little harder to align the needle and the valve, but the valve does not require a force on your part. The only time you have to push down on the valve is when you want to change the color of the needle. The needle valve is also much easier to clean. With a push-button you have to use a rag and soap to clean the valve, but with a needle valve you can just use the handle.
Also on the needle valve is a little plunger that when you turn the valve to the right, it automatically puts the needle into the correct position. You don’t have to do anything to it.
The valve is also a great place to practice your plunger skills. Just like the plunger in a regular pump, this plunger is mounted on a spring that propels it up and down. When you push it up, it will automatically push down the spring, allowing you to cycle the plunger faster.
One of the best uses for the valve is when you need to quickly swap out your needles for another color. Because the valves are so easy to use, you can really see the skill of the person who invented them. When I tried to use my plunger to replace the needles in my pump, I couldn’t get it out fast enough.
While the plunger is definitely the best thing for this use, there are a number of other things that you should consider. For one, you should always be able to get the needle out. If you cant, you really need to think about how you’re going to get the needle out in the first place. And you should be able to get it out without having to remove a portion of the spring that holds the valve in.
As much as I like this plunger, it’s not an easy piece to replace. The springs inside a needle valve are fairly thick, and you would be hard pressed to find a good place to remove a small piece. To find a replacement spring you might have to unscrew the valve and then drill out the area with it.
I’ve been using a needle valve in the past for a few different applications for my plumbing. This has the benefit of being very thin, but the part is pretty flimsy and will easily fall apart. But if you want to buy a replacement, you can find one used at any local home improvement and plumbing store.