its not as bad as it seems thankfully. when the guy from the water dept took out my backflow...he bridged the the pipe with two clamp type compression fittings (two halfs that come together around the pipe with screws). he told me i should replace this whenever i get a chance (no rush).
anyway....before the water meter i have a shutoff valve. i had a shutoff valve after the backflow valve which was also after the water meter. now that the backflow is no longer there, is there any need for a shutoff valve after the meter?
can i just take it out when i redo the connection?
and, when i redo the connection, i'll have a threaded male coming out of the water meter, and a pipe on the other end (to be soldered to a fitting).
what's my best way? is it simply a female to the male from the water meter, solder some pipe between that connection to the pipe on the other end with a coupling?