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    Tool for stuck PVC valves?

    I have a number of the little red PVC valves throughout my pump setup to control the skimmer, main drain, intake for the vacuum, etc.etc.



    With the pump off, they're still a pain to move with bare hands. Upgrading to a wrench, I've managed to sheer the wings right off from one of them. Is there a tool specifically used to gain leverage on stuck PVC valves? As they are plastic, I'm hesitant to use anything heavy duty (again) but would like something dependable I can always count on.

    If only there were PVC valves with long handles like the jandy valves but not ridiculously expensive.

    Denis
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    Re: Tool for stuck PVC valves?

    These are better http://www.seagatefilters.com/images...0(400x400).jpg without being insanely high. They are Single Union Ball Valves.
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    Re: Tool for stuck PVC valves?

    I use vice grips and channel locks. lol

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    Re: Tool for stuck PVC valves?

    That is the #1 reason why I hate ball valve. #2 is they will leak over some time. Pop the remaining piece of red handle off and use an adjustable wrench. The three way valves in the pictorial glossary also come in a 2 port version. Much more reliable and somewhat more costly, but unless you have additional changes, it's a 1 time fix. If they ever leak, you can replace the guts. No plumbing changes needed.

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    Re: Tool for stuck PVC valves?

    It could be worse

    Y'all ever have the misfortune of seeing a Hayward 733 valve ?
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    Re: Tool for stuck PVC valves?

    Quote Originally Posted by waste
    It could be worse

    Y'all ever have the misfortune of seeing a Hayward 733 valve ?
    Heh. My last pool had one. It's the new owner's problem now
    Clearwater, Florida

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    Pentair Whisperflo 3/4HP Pump
    Pentair CCP420 420sq/ft Cartridge Filter
    Pentair Intellibrite 5G 120V Pool Light

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