Which is the proper washer to repair a 1/2" shut off gate valve: rubber, fiber or nylon? The valve is a cheap home depot product. I tried a flat thick rubber washer; it held for about 5 minutes then started spraying from around the washer. Also should I use thread tape or compound on the threads of the valve before putting it back together?

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    Post a picture of the valve.
    – JACK
    Oct 25, 2019 at 13:08
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    Home Depot doesn't make valves (and it's not their fault that consumers demand the cheap crap). How about a brand name or photo?
    – isherwood
    Oct 25, 2019 at 13:50


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