Stuck ball valve?

Old 02-27-18, 08:26 AM
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Stuck ball valve?

Are these quarter turn ball valves on my clothes washer?

They are stuck open. I need to close them before I go on vacation. Tips to get them turning safely?

Canít turn off main while Iím away as it supplies my water power d sump pump backup
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Old 02-27-18, 09:26 AM
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About the best I can say is to work them back and forth until you can get them moving. If they haven't been closed in a long time there may be mineral deposits that have them stuck in position. You need to walk that fine line between breaking the deposits loose and breaking the handle off the valve. Start with lighter force moving the valve lever back and forth and gradually increase your force. You'll be able to feel if you are making any progress.

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