whistlenut wrote:If you can get at the valve, I'd consider replacing it and pop in a couple unions just so that you can take it apart in the future. I hear you on the price of a water softener, so for now that can be on the "Wants list" while you can get immediate satisfaction from a valve replacement. After many trips to Florida, I have seen hundreds of valves that are sticking, reduced flow, etc, and we all know that unless you are the faucet nazi, no one will keep them in prime shape for long. Good luck.
I thought about doing that actually. In fact, I was going to buy a whole new valve yesterday when I went out. But, ultimately I decided against it. I managed to get all the parts to fix the current valve cheaper than it was to buy a new one. So, that's the route I went.
Knowing my luck however, I won't be able to fix the valve. lol