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Old 08-19-2017, 07:17 PM   #1
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Main Water Valve very difficult to turn


I have a hard time shutting down my main water valve.


In fact, I am having a problem turning it back to the horizontal position. If I try any harder, I am afraid I will break it and make a big mess.

I have water as is. But I really want to be able to shut it down when I need to fix things in the house.

Any ideas?
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Old 08-19-2017, 07:38 PM   #2
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Re: Main Water Valve very difficult to turn


Spray a bit of lube on the shaft. A ball valve shouldn't have the same proclivity to bind up that a gate valve does
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+1

Try working it back and forth a little more each time so you don't break anything. It's probably just frozen/stiff from lack of use. Happens all the time.

After you get it working properly, exercise it a couple times a year.
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Will WD40 work?


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Yes, that should do it. Most people have that on hand.
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Thanks guys. I gave it a little bit more force and it worked. I guess I was too afraid to break it.
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