problem shutoff valves


Old 10-14-00, 11:23 PM
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I need to do some work on the bathroom plumbing in my 1900 home. The shutoff valves (in the basement) for both the hot and cold are like nothing I have seen before. They are levers, with screws on a collar around the stems. They will not turn, even when hammered. If the screw is removed the lever pulls out. Is there a secret to these valves? The work will take awhile, thus I don't want to shut all the water to the house off! Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 10-15-00, 07:31 AM
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what you have sounds like ball valves or possibly even a sliding gate. In either case I would just replace these valves if there froze up. I would use ball valves. They have made improvements and are less likely to seize up now.
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Old 10-15-00, 07:54 AM
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Thanks for the input plumber john. Now I know exactly what I am dealing with. I was hoping for a quick cure, as it would be great to get these things working. With something this old I suppose that is too much to ask. Appreciate the help!!

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