I need to replace the valves right where the water service comes in.
My water company turns the water off for free and then turns it on for
$50. So it's much cheaper than hiring a plumber for the job.
One thing that I am not sure about is this. Once the water is turned
off, how will I be able to get all the water out of the pipe (that
leads to the street) so I can do my soldering?
Many thanks in advance,
You could use a compression fitting valve?
BTW we inadvertently ended up with two ball valves in series.
The incoming cold water pipe from street is three quarter copper it
has a 3/4" ball valve.
The in house piping is half inch and has a 1/2" ball valve.
In between the two there is a union.
The unexpceted and unplanned advantage of ending up with that is; by
shutting off the street water, then the house water it is possible to
open up the union with very little water in the short few inches of
pipe between the two valves.
Then rig some sort of drainage and by gently opening up the upper
house valve it is possible to drain down the house piping in a
controlled manner (opening up something further along of course to
allow air into the emptying system).
Just a thought anyway.
On Thu, 18 Dec 2008 13:12:42 -0800 (PST), Aaron Fude
When you cut the pipe, the water drains out. If need be, push a
smaller diameter vinyl hose in it and force some air through it.
You can also shove bread into the pipe. It will disolve rather quickly
and it gives you time to get the soldering done. Just make all your
prep work that you can get done before hand first, then put the new
valve on and solder quickly.
With the advances of modern technology, we have the option of keeping our
families safe from known poisons. Or, not. I hope he discloses at time of
sale, that he's been using lead solder on the drinking water lines.
The lead free solder is a health thing. Daily exposure to lead in your
drinking water is not a good thing to do to yourself or your family. People
who consume lead tend to be a bit stupid, neglect punctuation,
capitalization, and use swear words at the end of sentences.
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