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Old 06-24-2012, 06:55 PM   #1
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Hi, I need to replace my main water valve. How do I shut off the water from the street?

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How do I shut off the water from the street?
Common hand tools are often plenty but a "meter key" makes it far easier.
Lowes and HD sell them. About $10us

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A word of caution, if you damage the street valve, you pay for its' repair.

What I usually do is crank the old valve down as tightly as possible. there are expandable stoppers or the old bread trick to stop the leakage while soldering. Cut the pipe above the old valve, use the stopper. Better yet, us a compression or sharbite valve(always use a ball valve), on in a few seconds.
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I suggest that you call the village and have them turn on or off the valve--

Like Daniel mentioned--if it breaks you pay if you touched it--they pay if they touched it--

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actually, i found on youtube that if i tighten the nut right down the wheel handle, then i can fix the leak. that was where my leak was coming from.

all fixed, although i still have a pretty old gate valve but still working now.

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Still replace it though with a ball valve asap so if there's a major leak one 1/4 turn and it's off.
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Not completely sure but I believe I will have to cut the piping to install a ball-valve. Is this an easy thing to do?
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actually, i found on youtube that if i tighten the nut right down the wheel handle, then i can fix the leak. that was where my leak was coming from.

all fixed, although i still have a pretty old gate valve but still working now.

thanks everyone!

And the next time it starts to leak,back that nut all the way off and put some new packing in then retighten,no need to replace.
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Not completely sure but I believe I will have to cut the piping to install a ball-valve. Is this an easy thing to do?
If the piping is copper---no big deal at all--if it's threaded steel pipe--you have a challenging job.

Good idea to get a ball valve into the line--it's not uncommon for the old gate valves to break--in the off position--Mike--
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If the piping is copper---no big deal at all--if it's threaded steel pipe--you have a challenging job.

Good idea to get a ball valve into the line--it's not uncommon for the old gate valves to break--in the off position--Mike--

it's threaded steal pipe. =)
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Call the water Company and tell them you are having the main valve replaced, schedule a time for them to shut off the water and then a return time to turn it back on, get all your stuff ready including new valve, cut out old valve and install new valve. Don't mess with the old valve it's not worth it because it will only come back to haunt you later.
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Old steel pipe can and does have a lot of issues.
At some point it is going to fail and leak, it rust from the inside out. As it rust the flow slows down.
It also adds to rust stains showing up on all your fixtures.
It shortens the life of faucets and water tanks.
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I have a pipe cutter for 3/4" copper piping. I'm assuming this won't work on steel. Regardless the piping is an inch wide but curious on what cutter to use. Also, will I have to solder the gate valve or could I still find a threaded solution?

If I need to solder do I have to use flux on steel? Never worked with steel before.

I have a bunch of projects and the leak was my first priority. Just need to correctly place this into my queue of things to do. I'll try to get some pictures of the valve and piping soon.

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Please do upload some pics.
Working with threaded pipe is actually pretty easy. No soldering involved and you cut it with a hacksaw, sawzall or tubing cutter designed for iron pipe.
Any valve in available in iron pipe thread pattern.

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