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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 29-07-2020, 15:12 Thread Starter
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Canīt turn off the waste water tap

Its been such a long time since this had to be turned off, in fact I can only remember once, but then I wasn't in charge of that area.

I've tried hitting it with a club hammer, I thought a sledge hammer might be over doing it joke for those who have no sense of humour,
it was a hide hammer, it moved a bit, but other than getting down on my hands and knees never to rise again are there any tips for an easy way please?

The reason I won't to turn it off now is because in my foraging about looking for things I canīt find I found some fresh water tank cleaner and when I let the water out I want it to go through the waste tank to give that a since out.

I may have a few more silly questions before the week is out, Iīm beginning to feel like doing things again after me trapped sciatic nerviest business.

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Pour some hot water over the tap then try to turn it with a cloth in hand so as not to scald you’re hand.

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This is why you pay a 'bloke' Ģ80 an hour Jan. It's the knack of knowing before it breaks and not after.
Hammer................ durrrrrr.

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Just a simple question....

Are you 110% sure THAT YOU ARE TURNING IT (or trying to) THE RIGHT WAY.

Many people have been fooled by that, ours, logically should turn FORWARDS by 90 degrees to empty....

It needs to be turned BACKWARDS.

Just wondering whether you are certain which way to turn it.... 🤔

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Ooh Jan, have you been running with your grey waste tap open? Naughty girl!

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Ooh Jan, have you been running with your grey waste tap open? Naughty girl!
As I donīt put anything down the sink Jean how can anything come out. I use a bowl in the sink and chuck the water somewhere its needed,..

Dave, I wriggled the thing back and forth and when it gave a bit that is the way it turns I assume.

Terry I will try your way tomorrow, Iīm tired out now, did some grass cutting in 2 goes so hopefully not do my back any harm, will do more tomorrow, then washed the back and one side of the van. My helper is a very young 15 year old and doesn't inspect what he has done, but what he has done looks better than it did before he done it >:

Raymond, It was a hide hammer, no weight behind it just a few gentle taps to try to release where itīs stuck as I have seen being done before on other things. I may be daft, but Iīm not a complete fool
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No Jan, I have always said you are very resourceful and capable but any hammer and taps are not very compatible.

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Have you poked a coat hanger up the pipe? Maybe something got stuck in there and is stopping it turning?

Is it a metal or plastic mechanism? If something has seized maybe some WD40?
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Have you poked a coat hanger up the pipe? Maybe something got stuck in there and is stopping it turning?
Is it a metal or plastic mechanism? If something has seized maybe some WD40?
Ha ha ha ha.

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It COULD be tgatbthe little bit of givebyou ground was in the closed position, justbtry going the other way to put my mind at rest, please.

Barry's suggestion is based on his toolkit for all eventualities;

WD40 for things that won't move but should,

Duct tape for those things that DO move but shouldn't.

That covers about 99% of all problems. 🙃
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