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Old 08/09/11, 04:14 AM
 
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Water Shut off bathroom sink

The water shut off to my bathroom sink is frozen.
I need to shut it off because the faucet is leaking.
I can't afford a plumber right now and I don't need the faucet, there is a double sink in the bathroom.
I am afraid I will break something if I force it.
How can I free it up?
Will WD-40 help?
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Old 08/09/11, 04:34 AM
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Will WD-40 help?
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If you have a pair of channel lock pliers you can try turning it with that after the oil soaks a while

It may help to turn off the main water to the house until you get it loose just in case something breaks
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Old 08/09/11, 06:30 AM
 
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Sometimes if you'll loosen the nut just a little where the handle stem goes into the valve body and then spray some lubricant on it, that will break it loose. Worth a try...

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Old 08/09/11, 06:44 AM
 
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If it still will not turn, another option is turn off the water at the main, disconnect the hose from the valve and buy a cap at the hardware store to close it off. Probably $1-2, but cheaper than a plumber and if the valve breaks off, you may have to bring in a plumber to replace the valve to turn the water back on.

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Old 08/09/11, 06:48 AM
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If the valve does break, take the valve off and cap the line.

Or instead of even temping fate, turn off the water to the whole house, than take the line off from the valve to the sink. Then put a cap on the valve.

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Old 08/09/11, 08:40 AM
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There is always an exception, BUT ... all of the oval valve handles I have had to "unstick" have eventually opened and closed again and not broken. I frequently had to gently but firmly use pliers or channel locks to convince the valve to move. Plumbers grease will lubricate the works if you get it off.

Definitely turn off the water upstream to the sink valve as a precaution.

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Old 08/09/11, 09:02 AM
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In the past, I never had a shut off valve on the bathroom or kitchen sink supply lines. I would simply turn the water off to the house when repairing or replacing a fixture. No big deal. Swapping out a fixture or replacing the washers and seat on a faucet takes only a couple hours at the most.

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If you have access to dry ice, make a poultice of dry ice and wrap it around the pipe for about six inches. You'll freeze the water into a plug and not need to bother with the valve.

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You are turning the valve handle clockwise, right??

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Old 08/09/11, 12:51 PM
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The water shut off to my bathroom sink is frozen.
I need to shut it off because the faucet is leaking.
I can't afford a plumber right now and I don't need the faucet, there is a double sink in the bathroom.
I am afraid I will break something if I force it.
How can I free it up?
Will WD-40 help?
Thanks
Those valves are made cheaply. I wouldn't use one to turn the water on and off over a long time period. I'd let the faucet drip. You can catch the water and dump it into the toilet tank after you flush the toilet and before the tank completely refills if you don't want to waste the water.
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Old 08/09/11, 01:33 PM
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Usually they dont break, they leak. Unless design has changed in last few years, all I've seen use the rubber washers. Well any rubber washer type faucet that hasnt been used in years and years, the washer gets brittle and doesnt seal well. You try to turn the handle and good chance it will give completely.

I got so disgusted, that any I replaced for myself or anybody else, I told them their choices. I can replace with same thing and it will probably fail when you need it or I can use a less attractive high quality valve that wont fail, either brass or high quality pvc/cpvc. Watch out though, sure there is some rule in various building code where it mandates you use the official chrome plated pot metal piece of garbage that is used everywhere else. Once something stupid like that gets set down in stone in some regulation, forget trying to improve on it or do so at your own risk. Sure insurance companies look for any loophole to avoid paying if something isnt done exactly to code.

But yea if you need it to work exactly like it exists now, forget the miracle sprays, just go out and buy new valve exactly like old one and new flex hose to connect valve to toilet. Turn off house water supply and replace the valve and hose. The new exact replacement valve and hose will cost less than a can of miracle spray. Then just replace the faulty leaky faucet with a new one. Yea you can fix an old faucet if its genuine brass, not plastic or pot metal. But usually just as easy to buy a completely new faucet to fit your sink. Better to get one with actual valve being brass, with outside decorative covering being whatever you desire. Faucets with plastic/pot metal valve dont have long life span.

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Old 08/09/11, 01:45 PM
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I'm with cabin fever. Don't even install individual shutoffs at sinks or tubs. Especially with the new PEX, you have a single manifold where you shut off each supply line.

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Old 08/09/11, 09:26 PM
 
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As always, lots of good advice from you all!
I will let uou know the outcome.
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I turn my water off with the flip of a switch. Then let the pressure off.

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