Funny looking shut-off valve


Old 11-04-18, 04:28 PM
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Funny looking shut-off valve

I have to replace my water faucet and looking at the shut-off valve (at least that is what I think it is) is different under this sink than all my others. Can anyone confirm 1) the yellow rubbery knob is the shut-off valve and 2) supposed to turn clockwise to shut off? It doesn't seem to want to turn very easy so don't want to force something if it isn't supposed to go that way or that isn't what it is for
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Old 11-04-18, 04:38 PM
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Yes, that is a shutoff valve. You turn the what used to be clear plastic knob clockwise to close the valve. Quite often the valves get gunked up with minerals if they are not opened and closed somewhat regularly.

I would try closing the valve with moderate force. If you tighten and it gets difficult before the valve is closed try opening it back up then try closing again. This repeated opening and closing can break away some of the deposits and hopefully allow you to close the valve. But sometimes the valve needs to be replaced. I prefer to replace them with 1/4 turn ball valves which seem to be more reliable.
Old 11-04-18, 04:41 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

A typical shutoff valve but a non typical handle. Maybe it was changed to that one.
There should be a nut just behind that handle. Loosen that counterclockwise slightly and it may allow the knob to turn easier. That nut controls the packing (sealing) around the valve stem. It will need to be re-tightened again. It may also be time for a new shutoff valve.
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replaced valve, went well. thanks for your advise
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