When I turned the valve off, it was as if it made a small click, as if it had reached a locking position.

Now I can't turn it on again.

I have one other just like this one, and that one can I turn on and off without problems.

Are there some trick to know in order to turn on a valve this this?

Picture of the valve I can't turn on again

  • @Niall C: Do you pull out at the same time?
    – Louise
    Jul 31, 2011 at 16:09
  • @Niall C: You are a life saver. It worked =) It was as if the force had to come in a specific angle in order to it to turn. If you copy/paste your answer then I will accept it. Thanks a lot.
    – Louise
    Jul 31, 2011 at 16:59
  • Consider switching to a ball lever valve if this remains a problem.
    – Hemm
    Oct 25, 2011 at 19:45

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I have one that does the same thing; it just needs a little more twisting force to get it past that "locked" position. I've always been able to do it by hand, no tools required.

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