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Old 07-02-2012, 11:28 AM   #31
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Yes the bib in the middle of my yard does work and its true I don't know much about plumbing so anything I try will have to be done by a plumber. I'm going to the water company today and have already called a plumber. I do shut the main water valve everytime I leave the house now.

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Old 07-02-2012, 12:27 PM   #32
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Yes the bib in the middle of my yard does work and its true I don't know much about plumbing so anything I try will have to be done by a plumber. I'm going to the water company today and have already called a plumber. I do shut the main water valve everytime I leave the house now.
Ofelia....it sounds like I might be pretty close to you.....I might be able to help you and your husband with 'extra' resources.....if you can give me a more exact location, I'll see what I can do.

Side note....I don't like theives.....
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:40 PM   #33
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Not at all hard to prove....you just show you water bills and he has to show his....the big difference will be pretty obvious.
You're dreaming ddawg. You would never be able to prove who tapped into the water line. What do you think the neighbor will say.

"I didnt know" or "Wasnt me"
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:55 PM   #34
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You're dreaming ddawg. You would never be able to prove who tapped into the water line. What do you think the neighbor will say.

"I didnt know" or "Wasnt me"
I 'kind of' know what I'm talking about.....

At a min, he can claim the "I didn't do it", but you can still hit him up for restitution in cival court. The guy has the tools....and parts....was seen working on his sprinklers....not hard to win in court....

I would be willing to bet that the min he thinks that he is about to get caught, he digs up the splice....won't be hard to see the disturbed dirt.

Catch him in the process and it's an implied guilt....if he removes it...he must have known about it....even if he didn't 'do it'....he knew about it...which still makes it a crime....

If I was in the OP's shoes....I would be taking a thin rod and finding out where all of my water pipes were.....and where they go....
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:17 PM   #35
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The guy has the tools
NOT A CRIME

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NOT A CRIME

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....was seen working on his sprinklers....
NOT A CRIME



Now if you catch him digging up a connection from the posters water line I agree red-handed then
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Now if you catch him digging up a connection from the posters water line I agree red-handed then
I guess you don't know how to play "Connect The Dots".....or, your the neighbor....
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I guess you don't know how to play "Connect The Dots"
Sure I know how to play games.

But I guess you do not understand the concepts of civil liabilty which is a preponderance of evidence and a criminal conviction which is beyond a reasonable doubt.

Jesus I have tools, I have a sprinkler system and I worked on a few of my sprinkler heads in April. Under your thinking I better pray that my neighbor does not have a high water bill.

Im not saying the neighbor is not tapped into the posters water line I'm saying it would be near impossible to get a conviction based on tools, access and a high water bill.

But to each his own.
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I have tools, I have a sprinkler system and I worked on a few of my sprinkler heads in April. Under your thinking I better pray that my neighbor does not have a high water bill.
I havent worked on mine this year but the other criteria fit me. If something leaks and I have to work on mine that will be my 3rd strike
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If you find a nice piece of copper or PVC pipe going to the neighbor's property and serving as a surreptitious tap into your water line you could quietly appropriate the part on your side of the property line for your own use elsewhere.

As soon as you do this the surreptitious water use will stop.
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Make a couple of divining rods to see if there are any pipes where they shouldn't be. A lot of folks don't believe the divining rods work but they sure do.

Take a couple of metal clothes hangers and make two "L" shaped rods from them. Make the handle part about 5 or 6 inches and the long part of the "L" about 14-16" long. Hold a rod in each hand very loosely so they will turn on their own unrestricted. Keep the long part almost dead level so they try to turn on their own. Hold your hands about 12 inches apart, when you pass over a pipe or wire the long parts will turn on their own and point toward each other. Give it a try if you don't think it will work.
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Make a couple of divining rods to see if there are any pipes where they shouldn't be. A lot of folks don't believe the divining rods work but they sure do.

Take a couple of metal clothes hangers and make two "L" shaped rods from them. Make the handle part about 5 or 6 inches and the long part of the "L" about 14-16" long. Hold a rod in each hand very loosely so they will turn on their own unrestricted. Keep the long part almost dead level so they try to turn on their own. Hold your hands about 12 inches apart, when you pass over a pipe or wire the long parts will turn on their own and point toward each other. Give it a try if you don't think it will work.
Ive used the old voodoo method many times over the years,yes it works.
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Ive used the old voodoo method many times over the years,yes it works.
I've never done it, and didn't believe it, until i saw it done once (by the local power and water company), it worked, and i have been a believer ever since.
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Wow sounds like something I will try. I don't mean to accuse anyone of stealing water from me and yes having the tools and experience does not mean someone is guilty but when there are no leaks in or around my home it makes me wonder what's going on. I did go to the water company and the two men who had previously been to my house asked if I had found anything. I said we had not found anything yet. I did mention things you all had suggested like the meter calibration, maybe a leak below the sprinklers, and they said that he knew for a fact I didn't have a leak since the needle never moved while they were there. I did ask about how much was my neighbors bill, and although they're not supposed to give me that info they did say his bill was less than mine...less than $100. How is that possible when my bill was over $200? I am renting a machine to dig up my yard. Any other suggestions please post.
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Do you see when he waters his yard? If so, just turn off your water when he does.....if his sprinklers turn off at the same time.....and then back on when you turn your water back on....you know.

I wouldn't dig up the whole yard....just use a thin metal rod...find the pipe that goes to the bib in the middle of the yard....make sure no other pipes are attached to it...
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easiest way I could think of and what I'd do would be to buy 10 5 gal spring water jugs and get some empty jugs and fill them then have the water co. shut your water off for 3-4 days when the neighbor would be most likely to use his sprinklers. I think they would cooperate in this case to help you.

You can use the tap water you saved for flushing the toilet you can eat off paper plates and drink the spring water, and take a shower at the YMCA pool. Then keep your eyes peeled for his sprinkler and if anything unusual happens t his house or maybe he'll call the water co. and complain some
thing is wrong!

ifafter 3-4 days of observing you see his sprinkler on as usual and you notice nothing strange or hear from the water co. it would seem he is not hooked in.

don't laugh ! it would work!

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