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Old 01-10-2011, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Valparaiso, IN
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Default Today's Tip ~ Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Gate Valve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ball Valve

Hi, Kids! We've survived another Monday! Now we're on to 01-11-11. Scroll on down for Today's Tip......


HOW TO FIND AND SHUT OFF THE MAIN WATER SUPPLY TO YOUR HOME

Do you know where the main water supply valve is in your home? Do you know how to shut off the water supply? You may need to find it quickly in an emergency, and here's how to do it:

Finding the Valve
The valve controlling the water flow through your main water line is typically found in the basement or utility room near the water meter, water heater or on the front wall closest to the street.

Determining the Valve Type
The two most common main water supply valves are gate and ball. The gate valve has a wheel-shaped knob that can be difficult to turn if it has been unused for a long time, or if it's dirty. A ball valve has a lever handle, which requires only a quarter turn to shut it off. Most new homes have the ball valve.

Shutting Off the Valve
If you have a gate valve, turn it clockwise. If it's stuck, apply a lubricating spray (like WD-40), and use an adjustable wrench to turn it. For a ball valve, simply move the lever one quarter turn.

Source: Dare To Repair by Sussman & Glakas-Tenet
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Where Trolls get BBQ'd
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I have a ball valve inside a water meter box in the ground out by the street. No worry here about valve freezing in winter weather. We use a simple crescent wrench to turn the water on and off.
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:39 PM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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Ball valves are great! I replace any old valves with Ball valves when needed. Gate valves are great improvements over the old types. Not sure which is best because I've not used a gate valve yet! Great info Pam! Thanks!
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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I replaced all the valves inside the house with the new ball valves when we did a remodel on the kitchen and bathrooms. And I have two ball valves outside, one at the meter and one at the entrance of the house. You can always isolate and turn off the water at most every spot needed.
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Sittin' on the rocks at the bay...
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I love the new ball valves. They're so much easier to turn than those old style ones. I like to use those gate styles in my artwork!
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:21 PM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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Harder to finely adjust ball valves though!
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Funky Town
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I'm on a well, but know how to shut the valves off!!!

Thanks anyway, Pam!!!
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:29 PM
 
Location: grooving in the city
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Ooh, another awesome tip. My uncle is a plumber so I have never worried about non-physical plumbing issues...Thank you, Pam
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Old 01-11-2011, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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No freezing of the valve in FL, at least for now. Good to learn the diff types, though.
Thank you Pam!!
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Hermoso y tranquilo Panamá
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Great tips, Pam. I'm not even sure where the main shut off is, so I think the first thing I did to do is find it. Thanks for posting this today, because I do need to know where it is just in case something ever happened where I needed to shut it off.
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