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Old 08-26-2014, 05:38 PM  
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I have the normal deal under the kitchen sink with two valves to turn, to turn off the water. I turned both slowly and carefully to the right, all the way, and did not force them. The water doesn't turn off.


I really hope I don't have to go turn the water off outside, because it will affect four other condos if I do. I don't see any other mechanism by which to turn off the water coming to the kitchen faucet.

Help!


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Old 08-26-2014, 05:44 PM  
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Check near the water heater, that would be my best guess from here.When you turned the valves to the stops, did it slow the water flow any?


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If you have your own hoit watr tank you may find a main there before the tank.
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Hi Oldognewtrick, it did not slow the water flow at all

I do have my own hot water tank. I will take a look,
but have to go kill some black widows to get in there,
ugh.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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Hi Oldognewtrick, it did not slow the water flow at all

I do have my own hot water tank. I will take a look,
but have to go kill some black widows to get in there,ugh.

Thanks for the suggestion.
Wll, if nothing else, this needs to be done.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:58 PM  
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If you find out where to turn off the water, before you take the faucet out, get 2 new replacement valves.
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sounds like the handles are turning but not the core of the valve.
remove the handles and turn the valve core with some channel locks or vice grips.
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Top of the list is to find that main water valve. After that, It is the best time to repair the stop valves under the sink. I was lucky recently in not having to replace the whole valve, which was sweated in. I just loosened the front cap and replaced the stem. I probably could have just replaced the washer if I had one.

After you solve the valves, you can turn the water back on so that the toilets flush and people can use other sinks in the unit.
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Hi all,

I turned both slowly and carefully to the right, all the way, and did not force them. The water doesn't turn off.



Help!
I hate to ask the obvious but, did you turn them all the way to the left also?
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After you're sure that the water is turned off, you can open the valve by loosening the nut labeled with the red A

The washer labeled B is probably cracked and may even be missing. Replace that washer and the stop valve will work properly.


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