Above the main valve there's a faucet with a threaded mouth. It seems
that a garden hose could be attached to that faucet. Maybe I could do
so and install the new ball valve after that faucet. It would also
allow for soldering since the little water would be drained that way.
I had a main valve fail once during a major plumbing job, it allowed
the basement to flood.
given my unhappy experience a new quarter turn ball valve is a
some things are best not repaired but replaced. that valve is one on
my short list:)
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