Is there something missing from this gas valve at my fireplace?


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Old 02-08-13, 10:07 PM
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Is there something missing from this gas valve at my fireplace?

My fiancee and I bought this house that has a regular fireplace that's been converted over to gas. We haven't gotten to use it yet because we couldn't find the key for it. Today I stopped at lowes and bought a key that said it was for standard fireplace gas valves (1/4" and 5/16") and it's too big for the square shaft in this valve. You can see in the picture, the square at the middle, that's the shaft (or whatever you call it) and it appears to be about 1/8" square. I looked at pictures of gas valves online and they all have some sort of a flange that comes up through the floor. Is something missing from this valve?
 
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Old 02-08-13, 10:18 PM
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Usually you'd use a Dante valve. I think they're 1/4".
Check out the link.

Dante Products - Floor Plates & Keys ::
 
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Old 02-09-13, 05:33 AM
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At least it's in the floor and you can get to it down below, eh?
L@@ks like they broke the key off inside the old one.
The tech you hire to replace this should install a shut off valve down below, a union, and a new valve assy.

You can't do this yourself...

Here where I live, they put these in the wall where you can't get to them.
Then, you get a gas leak inside the wall

Get the picture?
 
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Old 02-09-13, 10:11 AM
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Broke the key off? It doesn't look like anything's been broken off in there that I can tell. It does look like something's missing from it.

Also there is already a shutoff valve just below this in the basement.
 
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Old 02-09-13, 11:40 AM
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It should be an easy fix for your tech then since there's already and shutt off and a union there after the shut off.
 
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Old 02-09-13, 11:45 AM
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Any way you can maybe give us a more side view. 1/8" inch sounds awful small. Are you sure of that? Looks like 1/4". Last resort I'd try an eight point socket and a Tee handle. Quarter inch drive should be fine.
 
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Old 02-10-13, 06:57 PM
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Looks full of dirt to me. Need a higher-res picture.
 
 

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