"frozen" (Stuck ?) ball valve??


Old 05-09-05, 01:37 PM
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"frozen" (Stuck ?) ball valve??

Hi all - I started replacing some 1/2 copper water lines in bathroom (froze & broke in several spots)

Hot Water goes to sink then tub

I repaired HW line - sink is fine, but when I turn tub faucet on no water comes through. There's a shut off for the hw to tub - I tried it in several positions but still no water - is it likely that the shut off is faulty? I know it must happen but I never heard of a "bad" ball valve before.
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Old 05-09-05, 07:14 PM
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Yes. Anything man-made can and will fail.

Ball valves can fail due to inactivity.......which is calcium buildup that keeps the stainless steel ball from moving inside the teflon seal.

Forcing it to move usually results in breaking the valve. I would eliminate the valves to the shower; the main shutoff to the house controls everything. Those ball valves were probably never used the entire time they were in.

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