Are all water meter keys the same?

For single family homes, all the “keys” are basically the same. For larger commercial work, you will need a larger key but the concept is the same. Some areas, the key needs to be very long to fit down below the frostline.

Who is responsible for the external stop tap?

Please note that the external stop tap belongs to your local water supplier and you may need to seek permission to operate the external stop tap even in an emergency. If you turn off the external stop tap in an emergency you may need to seek permission from your water supplier to turn the supply back on.

What size are water keys?

Water Key: 1/4 in_9/32 in_5/16 in_11/32 in Size, T, 3 5/32 in, Alloy Steel.

How do I get the lock off my water meter?

Step-by-Step Process

  1. Step 1: Find a suitable screw. The screw will act as a water meter lock removal tool, so you need to treat this step as if it were the most important.
  2. Step 2: Place the screw. This step is simple but you still need to be careful.
  3. Step 3: Rotate the screw.
  4. Step 4: Release the screw.

How do I turn the water off outside?

Your home’s outdoor water shut-off valve is usually located near the ceiling, on the inside of the wall where the outdoor faucet is located. If the outdoor shut-off valve is tap- or knob-style, turn it clockwise, or to the right, to shut it off (remember: righty-tighty, lefty-loosey).

Do you need an external stop tap?

Your outside stop valve is also known as your stopcock or stop tap. It controls the cold-water supply going into your home. You should only use your outside stop valve in an emergency, for example if you have a leak on the supply pipe between the inside and outside stop valves.

Is a stopcock a legal requirement?

Is a Stopcock a Legal Requirement? It is now a legal requirement for every home to have at least one stopcock. Most properties will have one, situated somewhere close to the water input from the main supply.

How does a curb key work?

The other way is to use a tool called a curb key (which is the mechanism the water company uses) to turn your own water off. The curb key consists of a long rod with a handle on one end and a slotted square fitting at the other end that fits over water shutoff operating nut.

What tool shuts off water in house?

It goes by a few names: water shut off tool, curb key or curb box key. It’s a simple thing and only sets you back a few bucks, possibly saving you thousands later! It consists of a handle with two prongs at the end, or a slot that fits over the “fin” on the meter valve.

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