Help with Frozen Shutoff Valve


Old 07-21-01, 06:02 PM
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Hi - am remodeling an older bathroom with galvanized pipes. All 3 shutoff valves were frozen - have gotten two unstuck by using Liquid Wrench, persistence and a few well aimed hammer blows! But the last one - the cold water feed for the bathroom lav - I canno get to budge - any suggestions? I don't feel comfortable banging on the valve too much because of the age and condition of the pipes. If push comes to shove I can shut off water to the house and cut these out and cap them temporarily, but I was hoping I could take a less aggressive path. Thanks! Barbara
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Old 07-21-01, 11:12 PM
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Try using a small pipe wrench or channel locks on the valve stem or handle for leverage.
You might try turning it counter-clockwise a bit (opening) first to try to break it loose, and then clockwise (closing).
Channel locks usually work for me on stubborn shutoffs. I would not use a hammer.
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Old 07-24-01, 07:25 PM
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Thanks! I had actually tried the channel lock with no success. I've never seen anything this stubborn before. Since no one else was home I just shut off the water supply to the house, took off the water supply line to the stubborn valve, and capped it. I figure that will have to do for now as I am ultimately replacing all the plumbing (some genius put galvanized to copper w/no union). Appreciate the response - at least I know I was on the right track. :-)
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