Homemade Extension Handle for Shutoff Valve
By: Joe Truini
Turning sink faucet shutoff valves on or off can be difficult, since the valves are often hard to reach in the back of a kitchen cabinet or bathroom vanity. This homemade extension handle – made from 1¼” diameter, schedule 40, PVC pipe – will make your plumbing jobs a little easier.
To make the shutoff valve extension handle:
- Cut PVC Pipe: Cut the PVC pipe to length, so you can store it in the sink cabinet for easy access.
Watch this video to find out more.
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- How to Protect a Sink Cabinet from Water Damage (video)
Joe Truini: Whether or not you’re planning on doing your own plumbing projects, every homeowner should know where the shutoff valves are under the sink. In this case, we have a kitchen sink which is pretty typical, it’s full of clutter, and the valves are buried in the back. Now in this case, they’re really inaccessible because the garbage disposer is blocking one valve and the trap is blocking the other one.
But all you need to do to make it easier to turn the valves on and off, is make a tool out of the length of a PVC pipe. This is one-and-a-quarter-inch diameter, schedule 40, PVC pipe, and at one end I cut a notch using a jigsaw. It’s about one inch wide, and it’s just the right size to fit over the valve handle. You can slip it over the valve handle and now from right outside the cabinet, you can very easily shut the valve off or open it up. And if you cut the pipe to the right length you can even store it right inside the cabinet, so, it’s always there when you need it.
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