How to shut off mains water in kitchen

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I need to turn off my mains water. I presume this is the valve im looking for. Shall i use a wrench to shut the valve or buy something? *help* :)

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Might be easier to use the external stopcock - assuming you know where it is!
 
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Now would be a good time to find it - rather than at 3 am on a winter's night when you've got a burst pipe and no way of shutting the water off. Usually on the property boundary/pavement.

A head off a stopcock MAY fit your existing stopcock http://www.screwfix.com/p/15mm-stop-cock/31490 - but it may well be seized if it hasn't turned for quite some time. You might have to enlarge the cut-out sections of the cabinet to allow you to turn the handle. Next job, find and soundly beat the muppet who took the handle off the internal stopcock!
 
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Why not get a socket that fits the valve spindle & use a ratchet to turn it off/on?? Of course if you plan to live in the gaff for some time, cut the kitchen base unit & fit the correct handle. As others have said; know that your external stopcock in the street is working too.
 
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