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i'm at my wits end here! i am trying to deal with these ancient shut off valves in the ladies bathroom that are of the type that can only be shut off with a flat head (some call them standard) screwdriver. no lever or tap to turn. i'm assuming they were installed at the birth of the bathroom 35 years ago. rusted shut with no possibility of loosening them. i've tried heating them up, chemical looseners, grinding a better groove so i can get better leverage with my screwdriver, to no avail. i'd cut them off and start again, if i wasn't worried that shutting off the main would affect other components of the building. it is a mom and pop hotel outfit, here. my first question is, what the heck is the name of this confounded valve, and second, what is the solution to this. shark bites, maybe?
 

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ok. maybe i wasn't making myself clear. changing them out isn't gonna be easy. the main does not completely shut off the water. i am wondering if i can somehow manage to tighten this screw. there's gotta be a way without changing it out. that is what i'm wondering. oh, mighty sage of the plumbing gods...please, please give me some idea of how to turn this dang screw!
 

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and....what is the proper name of this valve? i've searched and searched, no one seems to know the "official" name of it around here.
 

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I just checked out your profile and see you're a hotel owner, this site is for professional plumbers only. You should probably post this question on a diy site though I recomend calling a pro. That valve is a tamper proof angle stop and needs to be replaced. When valves like that don't shut off, they need to be replaced 90% of the time. It sounds like you may be in over your head and I'd recomend getting a plumber in there to take care of things.






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all i wanted to know is some information. was is that so tough to give? do you think i would've recieved that information on a diy forum? why so secretive? isn't that the whole point of forums? to help?
 

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all i wanted to know is some information. was is that so tough to give? do you think i would've recieved that information on a diy forum? why so secretive? isn't that the whole point of forums? to help?
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