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Old 08-20-2013, 08:18 PM   #16
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My mother's house had a water supply with a gate valve before the meter, only. 1960 house, and the valve is surely original. Last time I had to shut it off, I added a ball valve after the meter. I was praying that when I shut off the gate valve, it would be tight enough to give me the time to solder in the ball valve. Ball valve soldered in fine. I will never touch that old gate valve again.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:21 PM   #17
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My mother's house had a water supply with a gate valve before the meter, only. 1960 house, and the valve is surely original. Last time I had to shut it off, I added a ball valve after the meter. I was praying that when I shut off the gate valve, it would be tight enough to give me the time to solder in the ball valve. Ball valve soldered in fine. I will never touch that old gate valve again.
what would you do if the valve leaks and tightening the packing nut doesn't work?
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:45 PM   #18
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Get your water provider to shut your house water off and replace your shutoff valve. Or you an just freeze the line before the valve and replace it then.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:21 PM   #19
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Your first valve in the house is usually a flare type valve. Then after your water meter you have a secondary valve.
Ghostmaker is right. My gate valve, which is also frozen open, is flared. I did not have enough space to cut off of the flare and put in a new ball valve so I just reused the old one for now until the basement reno.



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