Meter Time

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by londonrain, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. londonrain

    londonrain LawnSite Silver Member
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    This is the way we do a irrigation meter tap with a separate meter for irrigation only.
    Digging out the meter.

    We have to expose the 3/4" service line coming off the main.

    This is the tool we use for stopping the flow of water.

    Here I have removed about 3" of the copper line.

    This is a pic of the flaring tool I use on the flared fittings.


    This is the 3/4" flared tee now in place....


    New service line now installed with curb stop and water back in service...


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    I've got several questions for you LR but I'm starving so I'll get back.
  3. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    Clever way to pinch off the water.

    Does the utility service condone that? Does it damage the pipe eventually?

    Why Flare and not sweat?

    That looks like a FORD curb stop.

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    How do you get the copper back to shape after shutting it off that way? I assume the separate meter is to avoid sewage charges. Richardson allows two meters on a 3/4" service but most cities around here don't. i went ahead and had a 1" copper line run from the main for my sprinkler meter. 10 years ago that cost me 550.00.
  5. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,455

    yeh like he said ^ how do you get the pipe back right after squashing the copper with that clamp??

    cant that copper crack?
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Where's the cable TV? Is that K copper? Or L?
    Not for buried supply lines. Not secure enough. Nowadays, I see various compression fittings used in place of the flare.
    Soft copper, that can be flared, can be shut and opened with that tool. It might be more common to have an additional curb stop already in place, making the special tool superfluous.
  7. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Great pictures London... thanks for sharing. :clapping:
  8. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    Heck In florida, the Water dept would not even let you touch the supply line upstream of the meter, They came out and did all the irrigation meter installs. best 500 bucks I ever spent....easily saved that much the first year....

    good looking work...
  9. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,226

    I prefer our way where the meter is in the home - basement, crawlspace, utility room - along with the shut off valves. I've dug up too many shut off valves or the drains that were installed that way years ago and now leak. Once I get it dug up, I call the plumber to repair. I'm not touching it

    interior shut off 4.jpg
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,226

    Maybe I just prefer it that way because it was the way I was taught and the way most are done around here. It is nice though when I can access the shut off with out someone home.

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