3/4" water main meter valves

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ROFL... Guy... Seriously... Unless you can do your "repairs" in less than the 10 minutes swapping out the water meter will take, you need to have a plumber come on the same day at the same time to have everything ready for when the water department crew takes the meter out to replace it...
Otherwise you will find that your water will be off for a lot longer than you think because the water department crew will leave you to play with your pipes and valves and you had better be done when they return later in the day... They WILL NOT stand there and wait while you putter around with repairing something...
The questions you have asked and the way you have replied leads me to believe that this is beyond your skill level so you should call a plumber now rather than when you didn't do it right and your water has to be left shut off in the street overnight while you place an emergency call to a plumber and have to pay the water department to come turn it back on...
Make use of the FREE disconnection by having a skilled plumber on hand who can accomplish the needed repairs or replacement in a speedy manner while the water is shut off...
~~ Evan
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Unfortunately sometimes you need a special long tool to turn valves under street covers. I'd be out there to watch that so you see what cover you are on and how far down the valve is. And you don't have much leverage at all. You want water.
However of all you are doing is tightening the caps then it won't matter. You could do that now. If you plan on replacing the packing then all you need to do is the first valve. You can do the valve downstream from the meter anytime. Have you got replacement packing for that valve? They definitely are not going to wait for you to go to the hardware store.
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On 8/25/2010 7:53 AM, jamesgangnc wrote:

actually, if the valve is shut off, you can replace the packing on THAT valve also.
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Good point.
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