seized shut-off valve

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Old 10-07-00, 09:00 PM
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I have to replace my laundry tub faucet, but the shut-off valve is seized in the open position. How can I turn it off?
 
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You might try using a pair of channel locks on the cutoff valve stem handle to turn it clockwise. Sometimes just a little more leverage will free it up to close. Good Luck!
 
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Old 10-08-00, 08:07 AM
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If they don't free up and turn for you, you may want to think about replacing them, these are a must if you ever have an emergancy, and need to shut the supplies off in a hurry. Like if one of the supply lines was to burst.

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Last time I tried to force a frozen valve, the shaft sheared off inside the valve. So I'd say go ahead and try to force it, but be prepared to replace the whole valve.

I'm now a great believer in turning every valve once a year to keep them from freezing up in the first place.
 
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