CPVC Ball Shutoff Valve Stuck

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  1. rwbil

    rwbil Member

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    Whoever invented CPVC ball shutoff valves should be fired. Pretty much every time I need to shut one off it is stuck.

    Just tried to shut one off to the hot water and of course it would not turn and I ended up breaking off the ears, so had to shut the water to the house off.

    How does one un-stick these valves?? Cannot bang on old CPVC due to its brittleness.

    Yes I know it should be swapped for a brass ball valve, but right now just want to un-stick this one if possible.
     
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Many of us plumbers won't touch them anymore. If they turn easily, then maybe. Most of the time it's better to shut off at the meter.
     
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  4. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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  5. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    The same problem can happen with bypass valves on water softeners. I really cringe if the valve takes a lot of effort to move. Unlike a traditional inline ball valve that is easily replaced with locally sourced parts, the bypass valves are specialized and may not be something that can be substituted.
     
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