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Old 02-07-2011, 06:54 PM   #1
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Hi i purchased a house recently and the gas line going into the garage is shut off.I noticed that there is a hole to lock it out but when i try to turn it to the on position it will not move could it be that it is frozen because where i am it is -24 today and a couple of days ago it was +4 with some rain then the next day it became freezing? Should i try to force it open or will i cause damage?

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Old 02-07-2011, 06:55 PM   #2
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does this valve belong to you or the gas co. ?

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Old 02-07-2011, 06:58 PM   #3
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It comes from my house underground to the outside of my garage
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The previous owner told me he turned it off because he took the old heater
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:02 PM   #5
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If it's old . It could be just hard to turn. The gas co. in my area have replaced most of their hard to turn valves with easy to turn ball valves. I have had to use a 18'' pipe wrench to turn some of those valves
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It was put there in 2006
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If it were me. I would use a larger wrench. If you aren't comfortable with doing this. I suggest you call a plumber
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Thanks i'll try that
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Pour some warm water over it, I do this all the time during winter.
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Thanks the warm water worked....
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Pour some warm water over it, I do this all the time during winter.
I thought that was for dogs....

Get a 24" pipe wrench, that should persuade it to move.

I would be more concerned as to why the owner turned it off, please check all gas lines in the house to make sure there is no open line or valve!

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