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mj12 04-15-2013 03:56 PM

Was the ball valve to blame?
 
The main shut off into the house leaks, so I decided to cut a new valve after the meter. I closed the gate valve as well much as I could. I sweet a new ball valve in after the meter. So all went well I open the old gate valve, that is before the meter, as the house is filling back up I close the ball valve to check operation. Pow, the water meter shoots water from every direction. Must have been the last straw for the meter.

ddawg16 04-15-2013 04:48 PM

Yep.....it's all your fault...they will be out there shortly to investigate....shortly there after, you will get an enormous bill for the repair of the defective meter.

It doesn't matter that you had nothing to do with the failure....your the last one in the area so it has to be your fault.

Same thing happens to mechanics....customer sends their car in for an oil change....2 days later the wheel falls off.....the mechanic must have done 'something' to break it....it was fine before that...

jagans 04-15-2013 05:35 PM

Did you wrap a wet rag around the outlet side of the meter? Those things attach with unions with O rings don't they?

How much heat did you use? Maybe the innards couldn't take the heat?

Alan?

mj12 04-15-2013 05:42 PM

no, the heat would have been minimal. I sweated a male threaded fitting and screwed the ball valve to that. The heat would have to travel four feet, then go through a prv, then to the meter.

TheEplumber 04-15-2013 05:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jagans (Post 1159976)
Did you wrap a wet rag around the outlet side of the meter? Those things attach with unions with O rings don't they?

How much heat did you use? Maybe the innards couldn't take the heat?

Alan?

You probably melted the rubber gasket at the meter nipple.
.79 cent fix except the hardware store probably doesn't carry it

Thurman 04-15-2013 05:45 PM

Most water meters have an adapter installed on each end. This is to facilitate different size lines (supply side and homeowner side) for the meter. IF you did not disconnect the adapter after the meter and sweated the new ball valve in with the adapter still attached--then you did indeed ruin the "O" ring, or the washer, between the adapter and meter body. Did the water shoot only from the connection of the adapter and the meter? IF so--maybe all you need is the new "O" ring or washer. Some meters have a bolted on bottom plate with an "O" ring on that also. It would take a lot of heat to harm this "O" ring as it would have residual water in it after shutting off the gate valve.

mj12 04-15-2013 05:57 PM

I was thinking of shooting a video, no meter is shooting from every direction, I am waiting on the water department at this point. It is something internal in the meter that went. I have had meters freeze before and this looks similar to a frozen meter. The pipe I soldiered would have received minimal heat. I carry water meter washers on the dash of my truck, tenants are all the time trying to steal metal out of my houses so that is a regular thing putting meters back in.


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