It is not 100k in the hands of the builders, it is 100K plus markup
that was not passed on to the buyers.
FWIW in many parts of the USA the practical place to install the
cut off is at the street, just past the water meter. We do not
have basements (too expensive), meters are installed at the street
\property line (the only place the water company will install
I've seen worse than no shutoff inside.
I recently moved from a townhouse I rented where the entire unit, 4
townhouses, shared a single shutoff.
Working on plumbing was a nightmare as you had to let everyone know you were
going to shut the water off and sometimes neighbors would get irate about
it. Fortunately it only came up twice during my time there.
That is another thing that worries me. The street valve is in an odd
location, almost exactly on the property line bewteen the two
No lever here, seem to recall a recessed hex, but will have
to look again..
On Sun, 15 May 2005 15:58:38 GMT, email@example.com wrote:
Many thanks for all your replies! The house does
have a basement.
We will look for a shut-off just outside the house
but I am pretty sure none exists.
I am still surprised that so few newer houses have
an in-house main shutoff valve. What if a catastrophic
leak were to develop? The basement could fill up before
the water company arrived. And how about going away
for a prolonged period? Also if I want to do a little plumbing
project on a Sunday afternoon, I have to call the water
company, then get them back?
Life is a great teacher. I always think I understand the
world pretty well until I run into stuff like this...:)
On Sun, 15 May 2005 02:36:19 GMT, frank1492
I don't know what your streetside shutoff valve is like but mine is easily
operated by hand. The valve just has a lever type handle. No tools needed.
Ok the first time I used it it was a bit tough to get moving but elbow
grease did the job. I just stick a big screwdriver in the slot in the
concrete plug and lever it up and out, shut off/turn on the valve and put
the concrete plug back. Exactly what the people from the water company
How are you billed for water used? You must have some sort of water meter.
Maybe the cutoff valve is located on the supply side of the meter????? It
could even look like a large allen head fitting, that you insert the allen
wrench in to turn off.
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