Trying to ascertain which of the three valves that lead to my ancient
furnace is the main shut-off valve. I assumed that it was the valve
that that is on the same line as my pilot light on/off, which is within
a couple of feet of the pilot. But I can't seem to get that vavle to
budge. BTW, that specific valve is somewhat rounded and the pipe runs
into the wall just beyond that valve. Below that line, there are two
smaller pipes that flow into a single pipe that runs into the wall,
less than a foot off the floor. Both pipes have flatter valves, and
both run in the same direction, more or less forming a U; one valve
(larger) can be found between the two pipes and the second smaller
vavle is on the top pipe, about a ffoot in from the U. Any help for a
mechanically inept guy that blames this all on his mechanically inept
father? Thanx for any help!
Before you begin to get flamed by the "Pros," I will suggest you not
take chances with gas. There are two areas you should never guess about
in my opinion. One is gas and the other is electricity. Both can
jeopardize your life and that of your family. Unless you KNOW for sure
about these areas, call a pro. A mistake can cost you far more than a
My field is electronics, and consequently I know much about electrical
items. There ARE however many areas where I do NOT know. When I
encounter these areas I call a pro. Knowing what your limitations are
and your capabilities are is a smart move in my opinion. If you have a
valve that is not working, get it replaced. Good luck.
If you are only trying to relight the pilot, there should be no need to
turn off any of the valves supplying the furnace. The regulator/valve
that controls the gas to the furnace probably controls the pilot light
as well. Read the instructions for lighting the pilot light on this
valve to relight the pilot light.
buffalo ny: a good hvac man you hire will walk you and your sharpie
magic marker thru the basement gas pipes. once you have marked them
all, a trip to the basement with the road signs all posted will be a
pleasure. and mark electrical and plumbing, every circuit, every valve,
hang service manuals for furnaces and appliances, and spares filed
upstairs in case of basement flooding.
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