The main shut-off valve to my underground sprinkler system is in my
I would like to hire someone to extend the shut-off valve underneath the
foundation of my house, to the outside.
I know it would have to be buried down deep, below the frost line.
Has anyone done this? Is it a huge headache to do this?
Many thanks, and if you have any tips, please pass those on too.
Where do you live, in what Temp Zone, im in zone 5 and freeze depth is
near 2.5-3 feet, you have to go with record lows or some year it will
ruin the valve. There is probably good reason its where it is, mine is
in the heated basement.
How about leaving the valve in the basement and just adding a valve outside?
Then in summer, leave inside valve on and use outside valve. Winter leave
outside valve on, turn inside valve off.
Another option is to install an electric valve after the manual valve in the
basement. Then run wires to a switch upstairs. Or install a timer so it goes
All sorts of options!
Is the valve in such a place that you could fudge on an extension to the valve
handle so you could turn it on from outside? If the valve is a ball valve, this
could be as simple as a stool rod with a bent end going through a hole near the
end of the handle, which you would push or pull to operate the valve.
What I have done with regular water line coming in is to run a shut off
valve in series with the incoming line in a closet so I can shut off when I
need to repair or change any plumbing with out going under house. You could
use this method also for your sprinkler line. WW
I agree, you'd be way better off exptendingthe shut off valve up to a
closet wall somewhere. Or over so it is right by your crawl door.
What's the problem with it now, you have to go way under the hosue to
get to it? Mines in the crawl but I put it right by the crawl door.
Now that is a great idea too.
Yes, the problem is that I have to crawl the entire length of my house
to get to it. It is the black widows that concern me, plus it is a bear
crawling that far. I always take my cell phone with me in case
My Dad did this and it worked great.
My problem is that this valve is underneath my kitchen, and there is not
one closet in sight, but maybe I could run it to the pantry, but that is
quite a distance. You did give me something more to think about though.
A plumber sure could tell me if this would be easy enough to do.
Every municipality uses exterior water shut off valves buried below
local frost levels. Call your water department and ask what company
makes them, and then contact a good plumbing outfit to install a
version that suits your needs. Some can be buried in deep covered
boxes, some actually have ground level means of turning off and on.
The result should be pretty much a durable and trouble free system
Thanks for this idea Joe. Most of the valves in my city are outside,
buried deep in a box. I feel safe with it in the crawl space as it
won't freeze, but it is a hassle crawling to turn it on/off every
Our temps generallly get down to zero during the winter.
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