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As a temporary fix you can get a valve a bit flatter by gently stroking the surface with the flat blade of a screwdriver or similar tool.  It slightly stretches the top surface which can straighten out a curved valve.  Useful as a quick fix in the field,  but may curl again soon.

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This will sound very strange, but a few times when I was short of valve materials, I flipped them over and they worked pretty well until I could get new ones. However this only works on valves with their length curved up, not on valves folded down the center, or otherwise misshapened. Again, its just a temporary fix, but I've had some last years.

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