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Old 05-13-2014, 10:31 AM  
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For a trickle of water, IIRC stuffing bread in the pipe may hold it off long to do your work.



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Old 05-13-2014, 02:21 PM  
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Thanks anyway Speedbump; Ours are out at the street and I can't say that I have ever really had a close look at one.
TK3000; It looks to me like you will have to change the one fitting for an elbow. You will have to drain the house, or you will be dealing with alot of water when yoiu remove this thing.
I think it should be all unions , no solding.
Thanks nealtw. So, even if I shut off the water at the streets and turn all house faucets on I am still going to have tons of water pressurized inside the pipes coming from the street. Actually the main water valve it is not really in a street location, more like a curb of a terrain which is now full of grass (So I will need a metal detector and a shovel to find it again). It is really crazy how such a simple thing can get so complicated because of poor design.


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Some times you will find a marker at the curb that is in line with the shut off art the property line.

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Looks like the globe valve has been updated for a ball valve - that's an improvement. And yes, those look like unions and not flare fittings. I guess you will need an elbow (as mentioned) to start things off, unless you can mount the yoke at the new angle.

Before you start digging holes, take a walk around the grassy area. Often the valve will be under a miniature manhole cover which may be visible at ground level. Once you find the street valve (and before you disconnect anything in the house, exercise the valve a little. The slow leak may be caused by a dirty seal. The opening /closing may flush it enough for it to seal properly.

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Old 05-14-2014, 07:33 PM  
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Well, today I decided to call the utility company in order to shut off the valve at the street level (curb side terrain) so I did not have to look for the right spot and buy a metal detector right away. With the piece of mind of knowing the right spot coupled with a shut off valve key odds are that I can shut it on and off whenever I need.

The utility company worker came inside to take a look at my current (old) yoke, and upfront he said the meter was wrongly installed by the previous utility worker and that in my case I would not need a Yo ke at all, but I should use two spuds and a valve in order to install the meter; so I went ahead and bought the spuds and valves at a plumbing supply company (overall cost $120). Hopefully I will be able to return the yoke. Amazing how much misinformation and confusion gets along from people who should know better (utility company and workers)

This guy was able shut off the water for good, because the last one who did shut off the water did not shut it off completely which then resulted in a permanent leakage at the yoke; such leak that went unnoticed for a long while (I assumed the water was properly shut off at the street) and thus there could be no leak at the yoke (too bad utility workers often can not even fully shut off the water properly). Moral of the story: never assume that the people who should know their stuff actually knows it, also question and double check everything.

I will look into finally install that thing.

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You need two more guys to come out and tell you different things, your head will explode. Hopefully this will work out, good luck.

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Ask four people and you'll be sure to get five opinions. After all, isn't that what forums are all about???

I guess the yoke's on you

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I like the yoke to be soft myself
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Ask four people and you'll be sure to get five opinions. After all, isn't that what forums are all about???

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Sure enough! I wish the knowledgeable utility worker who was here yesterday would be the one to show on at first (would have saved me lots of grief, aggravation and money). Amazingly enough he was able to shut off the water at the street level for good: not even a single droplet is coming from the bad yoke now.

Not to mention that one of the first utility workers (two came over at once) even stole some new barb 1/2 ball valves that I had laying around in a bag. The Utility company really need to invest in proper training and profiling of his workers for criminal activity.
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I always follow around the workers who come to my house..an old habit learned from bad experience. One time a chimney sweep Co. sent six guys to do the job. I sent 4 of them home before I allowed anyone near my house.

If the water company charged you for a call the first time, i would be all over them for a refund. Bad training, bad information, incompetent job etc.



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