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rusted away ball valve...

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by woodlawnservice, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Depends on the size of the valve what can be used. I have drilled holes in the stem and used an easy-out. Used pickle forks, it depends on the size and clearance.

    My dad uses some spray called blaster.

    I would do anything possible to avoid using visegrips. They really limit options after they fail.
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    a tap handle works if the stem is good and you have room
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2013
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,298

    IMO, the stuff needs to be fixed .... all of it. Get all your ducks in a row, schedule a time to shut down the water long enough for you to install a new shutoff, and do it. If they tell you that they can't be without water for even a short period then walk. One thing to consider, if you are jerking around on that rusted ball valve and something gives in a not so good way, they will be without water for a hell of a lot longer than a planned outage.

    Jim, I use PB Blaster as well. Best penetrating bolt breaker/lubricant out there.
     
  3. wab1234

    wab1234 LawnSite Member
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    Pb blaster is good but Kroil i found is the absolute best. It's made by Kano labs
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  4. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    post a link please.
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  5. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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  6. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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  7. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    Don't get any on you, it smells like chit and stays with you all day long.
     
  8. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks, i once had a girlfriend like that.
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  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Hate to say I am a member of that club.
     
  10. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,250

    Get a "basin wrench", they are perfect for grabbing valve stem's.

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