When you add about 5 wraps of tape, you should be able to rotate it into
the correct position with the handle UP.
But if that doesn't work for you, after you tighten it up. . . . you can
always remove the 4 nuts on the valve and reoirent the valve in 90 degree increments.
It's pretty easy to take the valve apart, even when mounted. . . and we
assume you already did that when you were doing your pre-cleaning work.