Water valve won’t turn – simple fix

One way to fix a stuck water valve on the cheap!
Video included.


At the bottom is our video on how to do this.

Read the safety and step-by-step instructions first!

Hot water valves and cold water valves sometimes get stuck! They seize and refuse to turn with hand pressure. That’s where the tools come in…
Here’s a basic set that I consider super handy to always keep around.


What I used in this video was actually a bit much. We could have used a plumbing pipe wrench for the valve itself, however the pipe wrench was right on hand!
Because some pipes are in older pvc/cpvc and you don’t know how well the original job was completed, it is a good idea to have either a second person hold the pipe still while your wrench –
or just use an adjustable/lockable set of pliers to hold it still.
Some pipes have a lot of play. We don’t need any incidents!

-for safety purposes you may want to turn the supply line off.
-clean hands afterwards. Those valves have moisture and whatever else embedded all over.
-don’t touch your eyes.
-gloves can give you a big-time advantage on those initial turns.

1. attempt to turn by hand
2. if it had any play, begin to turn left and back to right
3. don’t over torque these parts, work them over time
4. apply tool and adjust to fit around valve handle grip piece
5. have helper or use pliers to keep a grip on metal of valve below -NOT THE PVC LINE (these can crack easily)
6. see if you can make the valve turn left or counter clockwise

*if valve cracks, pipe cracks, and you begin experiencing water leakage, stop immediately. This is why you may want to turn off water flow to said pipe.
These waters are from your water heater. Don’t screw round with scalding hot water!

7. if not apply more pressure, turning left or counterclockwise
8. once you begin to receive any ‘give’ , start turning left to right for 30 seconds. Don’t rush this until you know what you are doing.
9. eventually the turns will break loose the seized valve and allow a full turn.
10. back to the hand tightening/loosening process. Give it a spin!
11. turn valve one full cycle. You may hear water fill the house leading to device. (clothes washer in this case)
12. if using a clothes washer, test a hot/hot cycle and see what is produced

Winter isn’t finished…

A few tips and tools that will finish Winter with a possible sell! Basic homeowner advice.

Winter’s still here

Winter isn’t finished yet! And all Game of Thrones jokes aside… Here’s a reminder of tasks to complete before you decide to sell or stay. Heck, a lot of these are simply good, all-around homeowner DIYs that help us maintain our safe haven we call home.
1: Clean your gutters. After all those leaves have fallen and collected, clean that out before snow or ice builds atop adding weight and sometimes allowing water to stay against water resistant(not waterproof) material.
2: Dryer vents!

Go to local hardware store or check this link here and get it shipped today! http://amzn.to/2DJA3NM and grab yourself a cheap attachment for your drill and knock that moisture-trapped lint out! Hot air and dryer lint and distance of dryer vent equals a house fire if you’re not careful.

Safety tip: keep one of these around at all times. Hey, be generous and leave one behind if you decide to sell your home. You could save a life. http://amzn.to/2Eid9hC

3: Try to take pictures of your house before and during Winter.

That way your future buyer can see how this place will look in dreary winter or awesome summer. Big difference, right?

4: Force yourself to mow one more time, and get those leaves way from your home.

Hard for potential buyers to imagine a lush green scape with crunchy brown foliage under foot. I’m for natural fertilizers(naturally occurring fertilizers from nature, like leaves), however, it can take away from one you are trying to totally display to your customer. They make handy collection bags for this. Take advantage ASAP http://amzn.to/2DY5irV

5: Replace your outside lights

. It makes it one more level of difficulty on your realtor to sell your home in the dark as it kinda gets darker earlier

Make it look like a home, not a spaceship. So check out the lights before your purchase a savings pack. http://amzn.to/2DRQPxJ

Alright, good luck!
Have a great day – night… Whatever it is now. We can’t tell! It’s winterrrrr….. btw take your melatonin and vitamin D!

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Alright! So, we have a new episode coming out i belllliiieve in a day or two. 

This’ll involve: TVA, electricity efficiency, contractors, and my experiences with these peeps as well as how to save money during this process!

Sounds boring until one day you need those services!

Look – we all enjoy heating and cooling. So let’s learn about all these subjects together!

 Till then, please check us out on YouTube! Cody Homesteader is our channel.  https://youtu.be/54VsRDrkdKk

That’s a link to a turtle feeding video. It’s cute – enjoy!