Stuck Shut Off Valves

Old 06-09-01, 04:22 AM
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I recently purchased a 12 year old home. In trying to shut off water at various shut off's, the valve is stuck. I suspect they were never used and minerals have set up. Are there any tricks to loosening a stuck faucet valve like this? Would using a propane torch be of any help or will I need to cut off the faucets? The plumbing in question is copper.

Old 06-09-01, 04:31 AM
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You can probably free them up by turning the stem handles clockwise with a pair of channel lock pliers to break them loose. This extra leverage always works for me.
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I would use brute force and break the stem before I used heat on the shut-off valve. I don't think the stem packing nor the washer in the in the valves can take a lot of heat. That's just my opinion. Old Guy gave very good advice and I would try that first. I would also try penetrating oil, not because I have had much luck with it on valves, but then I can tell people: yes I tried that before I broke it. If there is a bonnet nut around the stem, you might try loosening that but be prepared for it to leak.

12 years is not very old, but you know what they say: "they don't make em like they use to."

Phil H

PS We are talking about the supply shut offs/stops located under sinks and behind toilets etc aren't we?
Old 06-11-01, 02:10 PM
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first of all

if you use a torch the only thing your going to do is boil water?
a little W-D 40 is always a plus losen the pacing nut at the base of the stem and give a little spray.
And you can give a lite tap with a small hammer on the stem as you work it back and forth easy.

Let me know how you made out

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