We threw out our fridge and got a lovely new fridge which has water! and ice!

The screw connector water hose was the usual type and hooked-up fine.

The small spigot in the wall looks like this:

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Vintage 1990? IDK.

Here's the thing. It was incredibly stuck in position zero. After puzzling for days I just applied (using comically huge tools) an insane amount of torque, order of 400 ft lb, and it moved, to position 1. It now moves freely. Set aside that mystery.

No water in the fridge.

I thought, ok, it's gotta be position 0 for water, not 1. Whatever.

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Positions 0 and 1 have NO water.

On a whim I put it at position 1/2, and pressed the water button in the fridge - water.

As far as I can tell - I'm prepared to accept I've lost my mind or made a ridiculous mistake - positions 0 and 1 are "full off" and position 1/2 is "on".

What the hell is this devil-object in my house?

Could it be true that on is 1/2 ?

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    You could disconnect the hose and look inside the device to see what opens or closes when you turn it. (Shut off the main supply first of course.) Jul 4, 2023 at 1:12
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    If I wasn't mostly on strike I would edit the title. Adds color. Jul 4, 2023 at 1:42
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    I would guess that there was a clog that cleared itself.
    – Hot Licks
    Jul 4, 2023 at 3:09
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    Normally, inline with the outlet is open. There was probably a clog as mentioned above. Jul 4, 2023 at 5:21
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    Convention is when the handle is inline with the flow direction, that's "open."
    – Huesmann
    Jul 4, 2023 at 12:41

1 Answer 1


Something was stuck, perhaps it was plugged with lime, since the spigot was never touched for years.

Now you gorilla-wrenched the stuck spigot and probably twisted the spindle. Therefor you need a new spigot.

  • If you can find an identical one , you can turn off the house water, unscrew the retaining packing nut, pull the whole thing out, and replace it with parts from another one, saving you the trouble of desoldering and resoldering the installed one.
    – gbronner
    Jul 11, 2023 at 20:28
  • Martin, pls don't spend your bounty all in one place! :)
    – Fattie
    Jul 14, 2023 at 18:15
  • @gbronner - great tip
    – Fattie
    Jul 14, 2023 at 18:16

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