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Old 11-09-2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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When I built my house we put the furnace and water heater off to one end of the basement expecting to finish the basement. When I saw the water main coming in with a huge curve before the basement was poured I had no idea they intended to keep it where it was. Today it sits about 2.5' from one wall and about 5' from the other and it comes in from beneath the floor. (Pictures below) Needless to say, its horribly installed and impacts my ability to finish this area.

This work is entirely beyond me so I intend to hire professionals, but I'm looking for advice on what is or isn't acceptable / safe / code. I'm going to be looking for a contractor to do this so input on what this kind of work should cost would be useful too.

I'm having the floor cut and moving the line so that it can come up along the wall where I intend to frame. I'd like to try to get the meter up near the joists if I can get away with it, and I'm considering having a whole-house filter installed at the time this gets done.

Since the line obviously can't be "moved" with all of the soil and gravel likely beneath the concrete what options do I have? I imagine there is a risk with cutting and putting an elbow beneath the concrete, so what about putting an enclosure there flush with the floor that I can floor over?

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Close up of the meter and step down in diameter: here
Close up of the PVC tube in the floor: here

Looking for input so that I don't regret what I end up doing here!

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Old 11-09-2009, 10:59 PM   #2
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You are better off leaving that alone. In most places only a licensed plumber can touch the pipe coming in to the meter head.

Good reason too. That's very soft copper,kinks easily-difficult to cut and sweat because it ovalizes..

You will have to get the village to shut the water off and pull the meter head-Seriously this is a plumbers job-Sorry---MIKE--

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You will have to get the village to shut the water off and pull the meter head-Seriously this is a plumbers job-Sorry---MIKE--
No need to be Sorry Mike. I know when to call for help and I'm going to hire a plumber. I kinda assumed that having the water shut off at the street is going to be a requirement here since a pool wasn't in the plans.

I'm just looking for ideas on what to have them do so I don't regret how I go about doing it, dealing with a joint beneath the floor going forward, etc. If the cost isn't absurd, I want to get this pipe out of that room.
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Where is the water heater in relation to the meter?
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:17 PM   #5
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Where is the water heater in relation to the meter?
Completely opposite side of the basement. The main comes in via a rather straight shot to the street. I just wish they would have brought it in flush with the blocks.
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:06 PM   #6
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just got a quote to do this for $600 including cutting the floor, moving the pipe, reconnecting everything and replacing the floor.

I think that is rather reasonable. Looking forward to how this turns out...
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That sounds like a great deal. Make sure the plumber has a license.
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:34 PM   #8
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I have never seen a water meter inside a residence. is that typical?
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I have never seen a water meter inside a residence. is that typical?
Every house I've lived in here in northeast Ohio has had the water meter inside. I imagine that is common due to freezing temperatures. The line is burried well beneath the frost line and comes in under the footer here. Other houses I've seen it come through the block.

In a much older house our gas meter was in the basement and we'd get a paper card on the door with instructions on how to call in the current reading. Any discrepencies were made up when you transferred ownership of the house, so under reporting just hurt you in the future.

Now its more common around here for there to be remote reader on the outside of the house.

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