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Just moved in to an apartment with a gas stove which was not in use for three months. The previous owner said that the stove worked just fine, however when I tried to use the stove, all four knobs were stuck. Using WD40 i was able to release three knobs, but the fourth remains stuck. The gas company refuses to connect me unless all four knobs are working properly due to safety regulations, so I really need to release that stuck knob.

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It's an apartment; make the landlord fix it, that's why you're paying him. – BMitch Mar 2 '12 at 20:47
I live outside the US, where people can own their own apartment :) – zr. Mar 3 '12 at 7:41
Sorry, I tried looking up your location first, but you didn't list it. In the US, the term we use for that is a condo. If the knob refuses to turn, replace the knob or replace the stove. Since you're working with gas, I'd get someone that's qualified or licensed to do this. – BMitch Mar 3 '12 at 12:02
@BMitch... "Condo", an "apartment" within a condominium. In some places within the US, though, an individual can own an individual apartment while the remainder of the building is still owned by a corporate entity; this is distinct from a "condominium", which is jointly owned by the tenants. I know someone on Staten Island who owns such a non-condo apartment. – TDHofstetter Aug 29 '14 at 17:04
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Try pulling the plastic knob off. There should be a metal peg sticking out (the plastic knob fits over it) then try squirting some WD-40 on it and gently grab the metal peg with some pliers and slowly turn it. Don't force it too much as it may break. When it loosens up, replace the peg. I hope this works for you. Good luck.

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Thanks, but i tried that already. The peg is jammed so hard that it feels like i am pulling the entire stove out of place. – zr. Mar 3 '12 at 18:37

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