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hms 02-15-2008 10:18 AM

easy water turnoff
What is the easiest way to controll the main water shutoff. I hate turning water off at the meter. If I break something I will be liable for the citys repairs. Is there a super easy way to turn it off, I do turn it off quite often and hate the trek to the meter and the possibility of breaking the meter.

redline 02-15-2008 11:50 AM

What is the reason it needs to be shut off so often?

Do you have shut-offs at each fixture?

Do you have a shut-off as the water line enters the house (inside)?

hms 02-15-2008 12:17 PM

I need to replace all the stops inside but only have time for a little at a time so I am doing small things a little at a time.
The only shut off is at the street. there is pipe coming up into home underneath but no shutoff and that would be hard to go under the house every time as well.

MinConst 02-15-2008 02:56 PM

Why do you think you will break the shutoff? If it is free turning and you have done it before there is no reason to worry. They are not cheap valves.

Bondo 02-15-2008 03:19 PM


What is the easiest way to controll the main water shutoff.

Install an appropriate sized ball valve,... Where ever you'd Like.....

canadaclub 02-15-2008 07:59 PM

Min...I hear where he's coming from. Some valves seem so tight you think that the handle is going to break!:wink:

hms 02-15-2008 09:38 PM

Thank you, ball valve would be best but I don't want to crawl under the house to turn on/off. all plumbing is under the house. The meter valve is very stiff. If I call the water company, they will tell me not to play with the valve on their side and make me install a valve on my side of the meter. I was just looking to see if anyone had an easier way. Thank you all.

nacko 02-15-2008 10:18 PM

there is an easier way, install a ball valve, and use that to shut the house off

dyier 02-15-2008 11:34 PM

Install a valve before it goes into the house or rout the main from under the house up into a closet or garage, install valve then back down again before the first branch line.

Mike Swearingen 02-16-2008 12:59 AM

A. Get a T-shaped meter key that fits your meter for just a few bucks at almost any hardware or big box store. You can turn a meter off safely and very easily with one of these stand-up tools.
B. As suggested, install an easy-to-reach 1/4-turn ball valve in your main line up inside your home in a utility room, cabinet or closet.
C. If you don't have one, also install a ball valve on the cold water supply side of your water heater just to isolate the hot water side of your supply system.
Good Luck!

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