Old style shutoff valves...


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Old 06-28-23, 04:47 PM
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Old style shutoff valves...

Looking to remove an old gas cooktop and replace with a gas range.

The shut-off valve has no handle on it, just a square "bolt-head".

Are these still good to use or do they need to be replaced?

If it needs replacing, I would not do it myself, but if I keep it, then I would do the removal and installation of appliances myself.

I assume to close the valve I would just turn the square 1/4 turn clockwise? Then replace flex-hose (hoping that the connector kit has the needed addaptors for this fitting).

Here is a picture of the valve:



I will also remove a gas wall oven. It has the same type of valve and here is a picture of that one:

This one will be removed and not replaced, since we are getting a range in place of the cooktop.
So, here I would just close it with a 1/4 turn and then simply remove the hose. Is the valve in shut position considered enough of an end cap or does it need an aditional cap?

Thankful for any input.
 
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Old 06-28-23, 04:55 PM
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The old valve is likely just fine. And yes, you need to cap any abandoned line.
 
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Old 06-29-23, 12:01 AM
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The shut-off valve has no handle on it, just a square "bolt-head".
Just need a good old fashion crescent wrench to operate!
 
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If working in the area I'd be tempted to replace those shutoffs with modern quarter turn ball valves. In an emergency it's nice to have a valve with a handle you can just reach down and close without having to find the key or a wrench.
 
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Thanks for the replies!

I looked into these valves a bit more. It seems they need to be "re-greased" every 5 or 10 years? I really doubt that this has been done in my house and I also don't want to regrease them in 5 years.

I guess the square knob is turned 1/4 turn, but there is an allen wrench hole on the other side, that unlocks it for turning. Seems dicey. But nevermind.

These will be replaced! I also realized we have the same valve on our gas tumble dryer downstairs, so someone could come and update all three!

I will have a professional do this!
 
 

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