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Old 01-25-2011, 04:46 PM   #1
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Today I cut out a section of 3/4" pipe near the water meter because I wanted to install a ball valve on the house side of the meter, and get rid of an unneeded tee in the process. My main shut off is older, but still shuts off good. Anyway, the project went fine I got the fittings soldered and away I went. When I turned the water back on I had a slight leak at the union nut on the street side of the meter. I imagine that even though I was very careful, the slight wiggle that it took to cut the pipe off caused the fitting to loosen. I shut the water back off and tightened the nut sightly and careful not to wiggle the meter or valve or main anymore than needed. It was actually a little loose. It still leaks slightly. I have a paper towel wrapped around it and it took all afternoon for it to get damp. It isn't condensation, even though my pipes get condensation on them regularly due to the coldness of the water coming in from the street. I know it's a leak- but a slight one at that. Stuff like this bothers me. I have a feeling it will crust over in a few days, but I didn't have the balls to loosen the nut and clean the ends and put on pipe thread compound. Maybe I am overreacting.

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Old 01-25-2011, 04:51 PM   #2
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but I didn't have the balls to loosen the nut and clean the ends and put on pipe thread compound.
Ayuh,... No compound needed on those fittings,...

Get 2 pipe wrenches, 'n hold with 1, while torquing with the other....
Then really, Really tighten it...

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Get 2 pipe wrenches, 'n hold with 1, while torquing with the other....
Then really, Really tighten it...
That is exactly what I did. I don't want to crank on it any more, for fear of loosening the other union nut on the other side, or the flare nut on the main line coming in. Even when you tighten with two wrenches, you are still putting a lot of pressure on the 50 year old piping.
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I would wait for a little while and see if it stops. Water mains get particles in them and they could stop the leak.
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:58 PM   #5
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I would wait for a little while and see if it stops. Water mains get particles in them and they could stop the leak.
I agree, leaking no more than that, it will likely fix itself.
Give it a few days.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:34 PM   #6
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You could always call the city. It's on their side of the meter isn't it? If it is on the meter, it might have a rubber gasket inside the union that failed. Easy for the city to fix.
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Ring Ring Ring, Hello water Company this is Joe Smoe I have a leak on the water meter main line, OK MR Smoe we will be right out. Truck arrives, Hey Joe looks like some DIYer has been messing with our water line and caused a leak , Duh I don't know what your talking about, OK we'll just repair it, couple weeks later bill arrives in the mail 454.00 to be paid in 30 days or water will be shut off, what for? repair of the main where MR Smoe caused a leak. Pay up or no water.
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Ring Ring Ring, Hello water Company this is Joe Smoe I have a leak on the water meter main line, OK MR Smoe we will be right out. Truck arrives, Hey Joe looks like some DIYer has been messing with our water line and caused a leak , Duh I don't know what your talking about, OK we'll just repair it, couple weeks later bill arrives in the mail 454.00 to be paid in 30 days or water will be shut off, what for? repair of the main where MR Smoe caused a leak. Pay up or no water.
Sorry to hear your water dept would respond that way. Maybe I should just mail junkcollector a handful of the meter gaskets my water company gave me.
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Thanks for the responses. My city would likely come fix it for free. Now and over the next few years, they will be installing all new self reading meters anyways, so if it doesn't stop in the next few days I'll likely call them and let them know what I did. The meter and fittings are fairly old anyway. As of this morning it hardly leaked at all. (overnight)
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Sorry to hear your water dept would respond that way. Maybe I should just mail junkcollector a handful of the meter gaskets my water company gave me.
Sir, you sound like a registered Master Plumber that the water Company knows very well and you have a good reputation or they would not have handed you gaskets. I am Joe Smoe they will laugh at me and charge me up the A--. It's not the same party for everyone. And I don't expect it to be.
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Thanks for the responses. My city would likely come fix it for free. Now and over the next few years, they will be installing all new self reading meters anyways, so if it doesn't stop in the next few days I'll likely call them and let them know what I did. The meter and fittings are fairly old anyway. As of this morning it hardly leaked at all. (overnight)
Good what are you waiting for give them a call that little leak is costing the water company money.

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