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I've been trying to remove our laundry tap spindle but it won't budge at all:

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I'm using a pipe wrench (to grip on the spindle body) and have already tried WD40, but it's still stuck solid. I've already opened the tap fully to release tension. I don't dare to turn too hard because the pipes in the wall are old and I certainly don't want to fracture them. How much force can old copper pipes take? Would it be a good idea to tap the pipe wrench with a hammer? Are there other ways? How about freeze sprays like Freeze and Release?

Any advice appreciated.

  • You could try the freeze spray as well as heating, but at this point even if these methods work (and don't fracture the pipe) they have a likelihood of leaving the valve with severe leaks. Whatever you do, prepare for the worst-case scenario of opening up the wall, cutting out the valve, and replacing it. – Shimon Rura Aug 29 '18 at 20:48

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