Replacing refrigerator water line valve from wall

Old 09-18-21, 05:45 PM
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Replacing refrigerator water line valve from wall

Hi Everyone:
I do not know very much about plumbing and would appreciate any advice.
I cannot remove my broken-handle valve from the cutout wall for the refrigerator water line.
Spraying with some lubricant over night did not help.
Is there any special thin wrench to loosen the thin hex nut between the valve and the box?
A thick wrench will not get in between.
How do I know the valve was not soldered to the pipe? I do not want to break anything behind the wall.
Should I let a pro plumber do this job?
For now, I put an end-cap to block the water flow (where the clear tube shown).
Is it safe to leave the way it is?
I am considering do not even hook up the water line to the refrigerator, if this is too much hassle.
Please see pictures attached.

Old 09-18-21, 09:41 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

There is a very good chance that valve is soldered on to a 1/2" pipe.
You'd need to open a hole in the sheetrock to see how it's connected.

This valve looks very similar to yours and it is a solder type valve.


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