We've got plenty of them. The best one in town just charged me $60 to fix a
pipe under my kitchen sink. That was more work than it would take to
install a main cutoff valve. I would have done the work myself if it wasn't
There are some benefits to living in a small town. Not many, but some.
In alt.home.repair on Sun, 27 Feb 2005 13:17:10 GMT "Edwin Pawlowski"
Well, I think it is cheap, but now that you mention it, I'll check.
Well there is no one like that in the n'hood, because the townhouses
all have one big bedrooom and two little ones. Quite a few single
people and those with one or two kids.
Most households have two cars, none more than 3, and the ones I see
washing them really don't use much water. Both use a bucket, and one
uses the hose to rinse it off when he's done, but only for a couple
minutes. Another guy would wipe it down every morning using the dew.
I'll pay more attention to this maybe when it is warmer.
I have one car and never wash it, except at the car wash. I only go
to the good car wash after it snows, to get the salt off the underside
of the car. When the top is leaking, which is 2 years out of every 7,
I don't wash it at all.
Most people don't water the lawn much either, I think, since it rains
every month of the year here. I watered one year after I planted some
bushes and another year after grass seed. Last fall I watered new sod
every day for more 2 month (because I put a few pieces in every week
for 4 or 6 weeks.) And most of us have the same size lawn. Actually
I'm at the end of a group and my lawn is 3 times the size of the
people in the middle, 3/4ths of us. (I have a 20th of an acre,
counting the land the house is on. :) )
I take baths, usually a bath every day, which probably uses as much
water as 2 or 3 showers, but I wouldn't change that even if I were
paying for exactly what I use. I have to remind myself what size
water heater I have, and then I'll ask a question about my water
heater. I can only get a little more than one bathtub-full of water
out of my almost new water heater before the water turns cold.
I run the dishwasher no more than once a week. And the washing
machine the same. Hey, I'm losing money.
The people who came up with this plan didn't have large families or
lots of cars or water their lawn much. I don't know how much they
were going to charge us for reading the meters, but I think that was
their only motivation for not having it done.
If emailing, please let me know whether
or not you are posting the same letter.
Change domain to erols.com, if necessary.
"Your local building department might have construction drawings for
original building permit, which might show where the shutoff is. "
How many building plans for a house would show that level of detail?
Usually, this is up to the plumber doing the work. And why even
bother? It's not rocket science you know. In a new house it should
be very easy to just follow the cold water pipe and see if there is a
valve or not.
"I can't find where the water service comes into the house and I'm WAY
claustraphobic to do more than just poke my head into the crawlspace.
All I see
in the crawlspace are plastic drain pipes. I think I'll just buy the
home depot and turn the water off at the meter if I have an emergency
I do plumbing repairs. The meter is less than 40 feet from the front
I wouldn't rely on that as the primary shut off. Definitely not if you
live somewhere in the north, where ice and snow occur. Imagine the
water heater springs a leak or a washing machine hose were to burst.
Maybe your not even the one home when it happens. Is someone else
going to be able to find the key, figure out where the street valve is,
dig through snow/ice, etc? I'd trace the pipe, find out if you have a
valve, and if you don't, get a quarter turn valve put in.
Shoot, even if he has (or has installed) a inside shutoff, it's gonna be down in
the crawlspace. That's where mine is, and I can guarantee if a pipe bursts,
it's gonna be a lot faster to shut off at the meter than to do the G.I. Joe
belly crawl (probably right through the water from the burst pipe) to the main
Never having to deal w/ house w/ only crawl space, would definitely be a
pita if isn't where readily accessible (and sorta' defeats the purpose,
I'd surely strongly consider making it where it <was> accessible if it
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