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Old 01-11-2006, 01:41 PM   #16
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If there is space between where the copper comes into the house and the valve needen replacin. I would use dry ice and freeze the trickle up completely. Then replace with the 1/4 turn 'steam' valve they call it!! Non soldered in --preferably, in case you have to change in the future. If soldered have them solder on a pipe thread copper fitting and screw it into the valve. Much easier to do-it-yourself- next time or any time.

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I have been trying to find my main sov. The meter is in the closet with the water heater. I live in a ranch house no basement. The closet has 5 possible valves. There is one gate but it doesn't do anything. The one valve i turn inward starts leaking water when i do. If i turn it the opposite or all the way open? It doesn't leak. Any one have an ideas?
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I have been trying to find my main sov. The meter is in the closet with the water heater. I live in a ranch house no basement. The closet has 5 possible valves. There is one gate but it doesn't do anything. The one valve i turn inward starts leaking water when i do. If i turn it the opposite or all the way open? It doesn't leak. Any one have an ideas?
Is it leaking from the large nut around the stem just below the handle? Packing nuts compress the packing around the stem of the valve and prevent leaking. The packing will dry out a little over time, especially if you haven't turned the valve handle for a long time. Just tighten the large nut around the stem and that should stop the leak.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:33 PM   #19
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If it is just a small leak, then do as I did in my parents house, [City inside valve would not seat and street shutoff was buried]. I marked the downstream copper where I wanted the ball valve, unscrewed the special threaded pipe partway {my city uses special threads for their meters, don't want to break them on a weekend} from the meter and put a bucket under it to catch the water drip. Then I cut the pipe and soldered the valve in. Then, any more inside work could be done free from small leaks.


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