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Old 02-19-2012, 09:06 AM   #1
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I have never had to shut off my main water valve before. I just bought my house a few yrs ago. My bathtub faucet is leaking and I've been told the o rings may need replaced. I've found some how to videos on that. The problem is when I tried to turn the water off the valve wouldn't budge. It's inside my house. Is it ok to force it?

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You should have posted in the plumbing area for better replys. Also a picture really helps.
City water or your own well?


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You should have posted in the plumbing area for better replys. Also a picture really helps.
Are there no shut offs under the sink?
I really doubt that a shut off under the sink would turn the bathtub water off.

Post a picture of the valve if you can. When you say force the valve, what are you planning to use to force it? By hand as much force as you can, with a pipe wrench be careful.

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I will post in there also. New member. Thank you. It's not under the sink, it's the main one coming into the house. It's an actual knob, and when I try to turn it by hand it doesn't move. Maybe I should call a plumber. I was just trying to save the expense. Thanks for replying
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If you are not familiar with what valve can sustain as related for force it is possible to twist off the stem if too much force is applied to it. Generally once you get the valve to start turning it will loosen up and you will be able to close it.

Being the main shut-off could be tricky as if you break it, you will need to shut off the water outside and that usually take the county or city to come out.

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I have never had to shut off my main water valve before. I just bought my house a few yrs ago. My bathtub faucet is leaking and I've been told the o rings may need replaced. I've found some how to videos on that. The problem is when I tried to turn the water off the valve wouldn't budge. It's inside my house. I don't have a valve going to the tub that I can get to so I have to turn it off at the main. Is it ok to force it?
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Thank you Mark. I'm willing to try most things myself if I can, but maybe I will get the yellow pages for this one
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You might want to replace that main shutoff. If you ever had a big leak (ie. burst pipe in the middle of the night), it's important that you can shut it off yourself immediately instead of having to wait for the municipality to come shut it off at the street.

If it were me, I'd contact the municipality to see about getting the water shut off at the street. Then, cut out the old valve, install a new 1/4 turn ball valve (or call a plumber to do it) and you'll be good to go for years to come!

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Thanks for the advice
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I was able to get help getting water turned off. Changed o rings and water still leaking. Ideas?
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I was able to get help getting water turned off. Changed o rings and water still leaking. Ideas?
Are you sure you got the right ones? There are quite a few different sizes and types. Did you take the old ones in with you?

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picture of faucet would be nice then someone can go into more detail on fixing drip for that type of faucet
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Thought it was cold leaking. Changed both hot and cold and it's slow to stop running when shut off, but so far has stopped leaking. I am using my iPod to post and it doesn't have a camera for me to add a picture. It's a basic kohler faucet u would find in apartments. 3 knobs with clear plastic, one is for shower. In any case, hope it doesn't start back up again and thanks for replies.
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sounds great or should i say no sounds "water dripping" great

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