Need some help on a broken valve handle, I'blers. Can you help me out?
I hate that I cannot find a picture of the valve to show you exactly what I mean but I have a 1/4 in compression fit water valve in my utilities closet that leads to the evaporative cooler above. When I went to turn the handle it turned but the central part that is actually the valve stem (the part that screws in/out) did not. It is one of the older types with a flat handle and seemingly hollow central stem. Is there any way to turn the valve on without completely replacing the valve?
Sorry. Somehow I always forget one important detail. It's a valve on 1/4 in copper tubing. I got some pictures but they look crappy because there wasn't really enough room for the camera so I took them with my phone and found my phone's usb cable. The valve was there first and the heater and water heater were installed later, leaving very little room to work.
I also tried the vice grip idea. The brass stem cracked and part of the stem is gone now.
Even if I do just end up replacing it, I thank you for your input.