heating water valve repair


Old 04-21-03, 01:17 PM
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heating water valve repair

I have single pipe hot water heat (with radiators) and am trying to take a radiator shut-off valve apart to repair it. I cannot get the top of the valve core to loosen up so I can remove it. 2 foot pipe wrench and all my strenght dosen't seem to be enough. Fitting is Brass so should not be so stubborn.
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Old 04-21-03, 02:32 PM
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If you are removing a packing nut from a valve, a pipe wrench is not the best tool for the job.
The teeth of the wrench could be distorting the nut, causing the
nut to grip harder as you apply pressure.
Also, some stem threads are in the nut and you may have to have the valve in the half open position.
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Thanks for the reply. Granted, the pipe wrench wasn't the best thing to use, just the biggest. I went to ACE and bought a 4' piece of 2" gal pipe for a leverage handle and, combining that with the 2' pipe wrench was able to crack the nut open.
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two feet are better than one!!

I too carry a two foot cheater bar for my Ridgid 24" aluminum pipe wrench... sometimes a little pounding with a small sledge hammer(2#), backed up with another, does the trick...
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