Tip & How-To about Plumbing
Shut off valves and gate valves have a packing nut.
When you close the valve to do some maintence on your plumbing system, and reopen the valve, alot of the time you will get a small leak from that nut. Use a crescent wrench to tighten the nut clockwise slowly, if you tighten to much you won't be able to turn handle.
Which comes to, hard to turn valves. First try to loosen nut a little bit, and then try to turn valve off. Shut off valves tend to sieze up after awhile. Always know where to locate your main water shut off. Just in case you break something or even if a pipe freezes in the winter. If you can't turn valve by hand, place channel locks around handle of vavle. Re careful not to twist and snap handle off. If you are not sure, call your plumber.
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