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Old 11-28-2011, 02:02 PM   #1
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Turning off valves bathroom sink

I am going to change the faucet in the bathroom sink. Underneath the sink there are valves to turn off the water but I can't seem to turn them. I used a damp wash cloth to grip the valve with and tried that but it did not move. I was able to move the cold water valve but could not move the hot water valve. Both hot and cold water are still on. Going to try and shut off water very soon with a damp wash cloth to grip with. Not going to apply more force than that.

I was wondering what type of tool I need to turn off the valve. If I try to do this without any experience I could damage the valve. Using channel locks or pliers could damage the valves. Going to Home Depot and ask a few people what I should do. Just want to turn the water off for now. Decide later exactly what I am going to do. I figure with some help I could do some of this myself and learn something. I may put in a new bathroom vanity, but will have to turn valves on and off correctly. Anyone know about this. Probably will end up calling plumber. I got a pretty good grip for a guy but need some advice here. I have another bathroom so I am ok just need to turn water off in the other bathroom.

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Old 11-28-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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shut the water off at the meter.


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Old 11-28-2011, 03:43 PM   #3
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Messing with an old gate valve can cause them to break--often in the 'off' position.

It would be best to remove those and install a 1/4 turn ball valve.

Or pretend that they aren't there and shut off the water main.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:25 PM   #4
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adjustable wrench and loosen the stem nut.....if leary...shut the cold water feed to your HWH and open all the other hot water faucets to vent the pressure..still will have water but minimal pressure then loosen the nut.... work the valve in/out vasaline on the shaft if you do the cold shut the cold water feed into the the house(inside valve)looks like the shaft has had a vise grip and or channel locks on it
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