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Old 05-05-2009, 01:12 AM   #1
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Default Water Meter..Where the heck is it and what's it look like?

So I need to replace the main water valve in my basement. No big deal, only problem is the city can only shut my water off M-F 8:30-4:30. WTF? Don't they know normal people work 8-5? So I figured,why do I need them to come out? I've heard that they just remove a cap on the meter and there is a valve in there. I can do that. Wait till it's dark out turn valve off, replace my inside valve, turn there's back on, nobody ever knows. Ok outside I go....Inside I come. Where the F is my water meter? Besides my electric box this is the only meter I can find and am pretty sure it's my gas meter. Can you tell me for sure? The gray disk part on the back right has a bottom vent and it smells slighty of NG. That's why I'm assuiming this is my gas meter.



Here's the disk with the bottome vent





How'd these get here??

My 2nd Year Mt. Hood.They were just there all of a sudden two days ago.

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Old 05-05-2009, 01:29 AM   #2
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In most places I've seen, the water meter is in the ground.

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Thats what I'm afraid of. But was really hoping to not have to go a morning without water.

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It's accessable. Just somewhere between your house and the street where the water main is.

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That is a gas meter. My water main in up on the street.

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that is you gas meter. sometimes the are barried under ground at the street shut off. also maybe placed right before you inside shut off. Hope it helps.

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usually the meter will be in your basement but the valve to shut off is outside under the street/sidewalk, they come out with a long shafted split wrench (6-8ft) to turn the valve. there should be a small 4-6in metal plate either in the grass between the rd and sidewalk or just onto the rd with 'water' stamped on it.

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I know where that plate is in my front yard and new it was referred to as a water meter..I guess I was just hoping there was another one that I could access my self. D'oh. Guess I'll be without water for an evening and morning. Thanks everyone..

3 quick questions.
1) Do they sell those 6-8 ft split wrenches?
2) Are they expensive/rentable?
3) Is it illegal to do that stuff yourself?

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Two things I have to add... First, call the gas company and tell them your meter is about to fall apart due to rust. The connections to my meter looked similar to yours and I got back from a week's vacation to find a new meter with a lock on it. My neighbor explained that they did meter inspections and mine failed.

Second, you can definitely turn your own water main off. I've seen the long wrenches at Lowes but you can make your own. First, pull the cover off of the pipe our near the curb that says xxx water company. Figure out how deep the ball valve is. Get some 1/2" black pipe that is a few inches longer than that depth. Cut two slots in the end of the pipe about 3/8" apart. Then bend the two short tabs out of the way. The new 3/8" slot you made will fit over the "knob" on the ball valve. You only need to turn it a quarter turn to turn it off. You can use a pair of pipe wrenches to turn this pipe tool or you can put a TEE and a couple short nipples on the top for leverage. Of course, if your Lowes has the tool, which I found out AFTER making one, it's the easiest way.

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I know where that plate is in my front yard and new it was referred to as a water meter..I guess I was just hoping there was another one that I could access my self. D'oh. Guess I'll be without water for an evening and morning. Thanks everyone..

3 quick questions.
1) Do they sell those 6-8 ft split wrenches?
2) Are they expensive/rentable?
3) Is it illegal to do that stuff yourself?
1.) Yes Lowes. $5 - $10
2.) No. $5 - $10 and keep it as long as you want.
3.) No.
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