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How To Straighten Bent Ball Valve Handle
Had a new water main put in last year. Installer put two ball valves in, one close to where pipe enters house (main valve) and a backup one after the meter. He intentionally bent the handle probably to allow initial threaded installation, but recently another plumber came for other work and found he couldn't use the secondary valve since the bent handle would have hit the line. I had thought using two sets of pliars--one as an anchor and the other to bend might easily work, but there's a risk of stressing the pipe. I also wondered if that nut could be loosened without affecting the valve so I could remove the handle, re-bend then put back. But don't know if loosening nut also loosens valve itself. I paid for the extra valve so want it to work; could easily call back original installer if need be.