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Old 09-19-2011, 09:14 PM   #1
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Main water supply will not shut off....


Hello,

I'm trying to repair a leaking shower faucet which requires shutting off the whole house water supply. However, the water main at the street will NOT turn off even using the standard "T" wrench. I'm afraid I will break it off as the wrench rebar/body starts to twist & bend under turning pressure. I've tried WD-40 and other penetrants which of course didn't help. A good thing otherwise the water could routinely become contaminated if something like that had seeped through. The water company tells me that they and they ONLY can turn it off. There IS no homeowner's shut-off valve ANYWHERE in the yard between the street & house, under the house or on the front wall of the house.

Any suggestions on "secrets" to turning off the shut-off valve? If not, how much should the average plumber charge for a ball valve installation on the homeowner's side of the meter given that it seems that may be my only choice. I can't WAIT to attempt coordinating a plumber's schedule with a city water department's "priorities". Like herding cats.

Any help would be most appreciated.

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Old 09-19-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
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Some meters have the shut off built in---where is your meter? Picture?

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oh, mike,

Thanks for your prompt response.

I'm in north-central MS. The meter is at the street and it's shut-off valve is clearly existing on the same main water pipe less than a foot away from the meter.
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Around here we have two valves, one on the city side and one on the customer side. If one doesn't work, the other usually does.

I have heard of places that have so much incoming pressure that it's impossibly to turn off without a much much larger t-handle wrench. Not sure if this is the case where you are or not. If it is, there should be a pressure regulator somewhere with a shutoff valve that will allow servicing of the regulator.

What kind of piping from the meter to your house? This greatly affects the cost of installing a shutoff valve.
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