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Old 01-09-2010, 04:05 PM   #1
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I'm about to replace the pipe from my house to the water meter and I am wondering if it would be better to use a 'gate', or 'ball' valve, for the shutoff next to the house.

The weather is too cold right now for me to find out what type of valve I have but, since it's been in the ground for 20+ years, I thought it would make sense to replace it.

Your suggestions will be appreciated.

TIA.

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Old 01-09-2010, 06:58 PM   #2
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I'm about to replace the pipe from my house to the water meter and I am wondering if it would be better to use a 'gate', or 'ball' valve, for the shutoff next to the house.
Above grade or buried,..?? If exposed, Ball valve is the hands down Winner...

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I always use 1/4 turn ball valves unless specs or building plans dictate different
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:34 AM   #6
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Gate valves have lost their appeal. Too many things can fail on them, including the gate sticking or dropping off. Even valves for underground use on water supply lines are now a ball type (1/4 turn). They have a raised piece on them to accept a special wrench for operating them.
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Thanks for the help guys, I really appreciate it.

Kind regards.

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