Stop Wast Valve
Hey everyone, new to the site, found it looking up a problem. My stop waste valve to my sprinkler system is broken, not leaking but whoever had the house before me cranked it till it froze up then broke it trying to un-turn it.
I have dug about 2 to 2.5 feet down & I have hit such hard clay & rock that I am not sure I can get through this. I do know the best way is to keep digging & replace that valve but I am curious if this would be a viable option:
Intercept the copper line I see running into I think the back flow & splicing it 24" or a bit less below grade, putting a valve there & then installing another box so I have access to that valve? I was also considering putting some heat trace tape there keep it from freezing. Other than that I am not sure how to get deeper. I hired a guy off craigslist to dig but with the hard soils of Colorado (Denver metro area) It seems impossible to get any further without getting a machine but that does not sound viable at the moment. Any ideas??