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Old 11-01-2009, 08:31 AM   #1
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Washer water supply valves won't turn

Good morning gents,

Iím about to replace my washer and dryer. I went to turn off my washer machine hot & cold water supply valves and they would not turn at all. What is the best way to approach this?

1.Turn off the main water supply to the house and replace washer machine hoses?
2.Replace the valves? If so, what nut do I unscrew?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:16 AM   #2
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Under the handles there is a nut. This is a packing nut and may have been over tightened. Loosen it a bit and see if the handles will turn. You can do this without turning off the water supply. If you need to replace them, then the water needs to be turned off. Since these valves do not get operated often, they can stick and may have corrosion built up around the gate.


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Old 11-01-2009, 09:38 AM   #3
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I replaced some the other day that were a product of rusty pipes. Washer connections wouldn't shut off as well as the toilet and sink shut-offs.
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