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Old 08-15-2013, 02:57 PM   #1
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Is this thing in the picture my water shut-off valve?




If you look very carefully, there's a hexagonal nut down there. Could that possibly be my shut off valve?

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My water pressure regulator valve is right next to it a foot in towards the house in a separate box.

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It looks like some kind of broken sprinkler or outside drain to me. I don't know. Maybe somebody here can identify it for you. Your water shut off to your house usually has a gate or ball valve, not a hex screw. If it's a curb shutoff, they usually have a curb gate key.

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It looks like some kind of broken sprinkler or outside drain to me. I don't know. Maybe somebody here can identify it for you. Your water shut off to your house usually has a gate or ball valve, not a hex screw. If it's a curb shutoff, they usually have a curb gate key.

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This is the only other valve that I can find. The valve after this one towards the house is a bleeder valve for pressure control.
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it very well could be ..but will it shut off ..only the channell locks will tell ben sr grab a hold and find out ...righty tighty ..lefty loosely
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it very well could be ..but will it shut off ..only the channell locks will tell ben sr grab a hold and find out ...righty tighty ..lefty loosely
I know, right? :D

I would have used channel locks already, but it's like 2.5" underground, with only about 6" of space around it, so I need a special wrench with a T-handle to move it.

I have no idea what to do.
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I'd call your water dept. and see if they'll run by and turn it off- that's what mine does.
I realize though that may not be the case in every water district.
So, you need to identify the key pattern on the valve, then check at hardware stores for the key.
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I'd call your water dept. and see if they'll run by and turn it off- that's what mine does.
I realize though that may not be the case in every water district.
So, you need to identify the key pattern on the valve, then check at hardware stores for the key.
Good idea - I was going to try and call our home association. We don't have our own meters at each house, so I thought they might know, but maybe the water dept. might have a better understanding.
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Good idea - I was going to try and call our home association. We don't have our own meters at each house, so I thought they might know, but maybe the water dept. might have a better understanding.
When these underground valves haven't been operated in a while- they tend to freeze up. If you happen to break it..... well, it won't be pretty.
Sometimes they need to be caressed just right to close. I leave that to the guys who do it daily
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When these underground valves haven't been operated in a while- they tend to freeze up. If you happen to break it..... well, it won't be pretty.
You have a penchant for understatement.
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Here's a pic of a plumber's shut off key. It looks close to what you have. Like E said, I would check with your water department first.

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Thanks! The reason why this throws me off so much - it uses a hexagonal key. No idea what to do.
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Thanks! The reason why this throws me off so much - it uses a hexagonal key. No idea what to do.
Why do you need to shut off water to your house? Maybe you don't have to. There may be an isolation valve located inside somewhere. Kind of strange that's the only way to shut your water off.
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Why do you need to shut off water to your house? Maybe you don't have to. There may be an isolation valve located inside somewhere.
No other shut off valve before my kitchen. I need to change out the valves under my kitchen sink...

Well maybe.

I tried changing out the faucet on my sink, but when I turned on the water to the faucet, it started dripping - leading me to believe I need to change out the valves.

HOWEVER, after a few seconds, the water stopped dripping. Are my valves okay, and I don't need to change out right away, or are the valves basically failing, and I should take action now?

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