Is there any way out of this other than having the city turn off the water to the house so a plumber can replace the valve?
Like putting bread or cheerios in the water pipes, or leeches, or at least maybe temporarily there's something I can wrap around the stem and where it comes out of the valve. House built in 1979,
I just got back and other things have piled up. Not a good time to hire a plumber.
Valve is in the basement, behind a warddrobe full of stuff with stuff piled on top of it with a heavy box of medium length pieces of wood, metal, etc. in front of that.
If it's just stem packing, can I replace it myself, with something that will work better than this did? Will the city turn the water off for me, or will they insist that a plumber call?