Frozen water shut off valves

I need to work on my kitchen faucets but I can't shut off the water because the shutoff valves are frozen and will not turn. Does anyone know how I can get these to turn without doing damage to the valves and causing problems?
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  • Hannah V Hannah V on Sep 23, 2014
    This sounds like something @Woodbridge Environmental would know about.
  • Georgia Hall Georgia Hall on Sep 23, 2014
  • Terri Bradford Terri Bradford on Sep 23, 2014
    Frozen/stuck yes I agree wd-40 but if frozen/winter a blow dryer
  • There is a small nut behind the handles on the valve. You will need an adjustable wrench to loosen these nuts about a half to full turn. This should free up the handles for you. Remember Right tight, left loose. Once you have completed the task at hand, simply open the valves again and tighten the nuts until the water stops dripping out of the stem. If this does not work, you will need to turn off the whole house and at that time replace both valves. but you should be successful with the packing nut under the handle
    • Sdraughn Sdraughn on Sep 25, 2014
      @Woodbridge Environmental Worked like a dream...Thank you
  • Just a bit more info that can help. Almost all valves have these nuts. Many older main valves tend to leak over time at the stem. If you turn off the house water and remove the nut all the way, you will be able to pull the nut all the way to the back of the handle. This shows the stem of the faucet where it goes into the valve. Purchase packing string at the plumbing supply store. This black graphite covered cord, or you can purchase white Teflon type is wrapped around the stem about two to three times. Then put the nut back down and tighten it again. This will prevent leaks at the stem while allowing easy use of the faucet handle.
  • Sdraughn Sdraughn on Sep 25, 2014
    Thank you so much. Your advice worked perfectly and now my faucet does not leak anymore. This was very valuable info. Thank you again....
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