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DIYGST 11-24-2012 08:29 PM

shut off valve with broken knob
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Can someone tell me how to repair this valve, it is behind the fridge for ice maker.

Is this a compression shut off valve? The nut is sitting right on the bottom, is the piping too short?

NiNe O 11-24-2012 08:35 PM

If it doesn't leak, I'd find another handle for it. to replace you may have to cut the old valve off. Doesn't seem to be any pipe left if that were the case.

DIYGST 11-24-2012 08:40 PM


Originally Posted by NiNe O (Post 1059592)
If it doesn't leak, I'd find another handle for it. to replace you may have to cut the old valve off. Doesn't seem to be any pipe left if that were the case.

It doesn't leak. Is recessed area a part of plastic box textured and painted, or is it dry wall?

I would like to replace the handle and don't know how, does that involve changing the packing? I was planning to call a plumber in but it seems like something really simple. I don't mind buying another valve and taking parts from it.

NiNe O 11-24-2012 08:41 PM

box should be plastic. is there a nut on top of that valve stem?

DIYGST 11-24-2012 08:45 PM

It's a phlips screw, that is just hanging loose, and the below it is a sliver of manged from the previous handle, below that is a kind of spline.

I wonder what happened to need to use pliers and such to mangle this up. Maybe the handle broke and they snipped it

There was also sign of leaking behind the fridge, but might have been a faulty ice maker.

NiNe O 11-24-2012 08:50 PM

undoing that screw atop the stem should remove the mangled handle, chances are you could find another handle from another valve that would work. Most of the time the reason these feeds leak is because people use copper/brass ferrels with plastic line. when compressed the the harder metal cuts in the the plastic line and therefore leaks. Had a coffee company absolutely ruin a few offices for doing that very thing.

DIYGST 11-24-2012 08:55 PM

OK so the screw just holds the handle onto the spline, no water will come out?

I am buying a 1/4" stainless braided icemaker hose for my new fridge, what length is good for this installation?

I had done that too with plastic line and both brass or plastic ferrule without leaks, just tight enough so the plastic is not cut.. no leaks when I did myself.


NiNe O 11-24-2012 08:58 PM

no water will come out, you need to loosing the large nut atop the valve to do get a water leak or worse. The line you use should be long enough to pull the fridge away from the wall far enough to give you access to a. install it, b. plug the fridge in.

ben's plumbing 11-24-2012 09:30 PM

you can replace the whole valve...shut of main water to house...hold top of valve with wrench use another wrench to turn big nut on bottom of box..install 5/8 od x 1/4 icemaker compression ball valve.... home depot ,,lowes...hardware store...ben sr

DannyT 11-25-2012 12:00 AM

if the screw is tight you will need to hold the stem at first to keep the shaft from turning til the screw is loose.

DIYGST 11-29-2012 11:29 PM

it looks like around 12 splines.. I took a replacement handle from a bib valve but it is slightly too small.

Any idea if the stem can be replaced from one that is from another valve? are they compatible?

I also got a universal faucet handle adapter that clamps on, in the worse case I am going with that.

oh'mike 11-30-2012 05:09 AM

Ben has the best idea---change the valve---the handle is broken because to much force was needed to operate the vale---it need replacing----brass craft 1/4 turn ball valve ----

Thurman 11-30-2012 10:19 AM

This does appear to be one of those valve's which which has a coupling nut on the bottom. Follow Ben's advice.

DIYGST 11-30-2012 11:55 AM

I would like to replace the valve but can you tell me if this is a compression fitting?

This was a valve that came with a LSP icemaker kit but when I looked at ice makers they are all pipe threads, the guy said he has not seen one with compression fitting.

Will I be able to verify it is leak free after installation since the nut is sitting right on top of the surface

COLDIRON 11-30-2012 04:44 PM

Replace the valve as previously mentioned. With that much damage to that handle it tells me that valve was causing problems and needs to go Bye Bye's.

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