Can't shut off water main

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by hambonejones, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. hambonejones

    hambonejones New Member

    Jul 28, 2008
    Just got ready to remove my built in base cab for bathroom remodel and I have to take the ends off because there are just 2 holes cut in back of wood cabinet for plumbing. Went to shut off water at main and it absolutely will not budge...probably hasn't been turned in 30 years. Any ideas how I can proceed? I need to finish with cabinet demo before hubby gets home
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    1. Have a plumber's phone number handy.
    2. Use a wrench to try to turn the valve handle.
    3. If the handle breaks off or it does turn but never stops turning, see step #1.
    4. If it does turn the water off, but never stops turning when you try to restore water pressure, and you do not have any water, then see step #1 also.
  5. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    The speed version of HJ's advice: Refer to step #1. Save the can of worms you would be opening for a day at the lake fishing.
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