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    Question Help needed with broken stop cox

    Hi there, New to forum & blond on top of it!!! Had a leaking tap in bathroom which I wanted to put new washer in. Turned off water at stop cox outside bathroom only to find it was for toilet not taps. Don't know what year last it was turned off, suspect it got rusted as now it just turns and turns & I can not get water on again. Can not find the main water stop cox so that I can turn water off to replace that one. Is it possible to take top off & turning water on again without water gushing out? Thanks

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    Essentially, no, you can't take that apart with the water main shutoff still on. If you can't get the water to the house shut off to replace this, it may be time for a plumber...

    Depending on where you live and the local rules, you may be able to access the water company's main shutoff to the house, but even they sometimes leak since they don't get used often.

    There are some special tools that allow working on a water line still pressurized, but they're not cheap, and not likely something you'd want to buy for a one-time use.
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    Oh, so we're not going to jump all over the spelling of cock ? Jeeze you guys are no fun anymore

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    At the risk of taking this whole thing out of family hour! The spelling for a water shut-off is cock. like sillcock, stopcock, etc.


    Do not even think about trying to work on something without turning off the main. This is a recipe for disaster. Many things could go wrong, and leave you up the creek without a paddle....literally!

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    YOU should not do anything other than to call a plumber. There should not have been a valve outside the room which turned off the toilet but not the faucets. You would have to be incredibly lucky to find any parts to repair the valve, and replacing it is probably beyond your DIY skills.

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    Thanks all. Live on farm. Looks like I will have to get a plumber in.

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    Does not sound like the poster is from the US to me.

    It has a British ring to it.

    What are all these tea parties about? I find that rather insensitive.

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    Bloody hell

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    Tin Foiling Your Face
    Take some tin foil, about arms length, and start folding long ways, until you have enough that will cover your face. Now, carefully, place the tin foil over your face, and make a cast. Push carefully, because you donít want to be cut by tin foil! Once you have a cast of your face, cut any excess tin foil on the edges, and then cut out the areas where your eyes would be, and also make a small hole or slit over where your nasal holes (Nose) are. Put the tin foil over your face again and make sure you have gotten the areas right.

    Duct Taping Your Face
    Now that you have your case of your face, itís time to duct tape it. I highly recommend using small pieces (2x3 or whatever) instead of long pieces of tape, so that you donít mess up. Donít worry; you can make it look better later. Start placing pieces of tape around the edges of the face first, and then the eyes and nose holes. Now just tape the outside, then the inside. If you have done right, your face should be duct tapeified! I made a mouth hole when I was making my face. You donít have to do this, because once your done, it will be easier to make the face however you want (Youíll understand what I mean later) I duct taped the mouth over. If you want to, do a little bit more cutting, until youíre comfortable with your (Not quite finished) Design.


    Tin Foiling Your Head
    This partís easy. Just wrap some tin foil around the top of your head, and then duct tape it. Simple. Now duct tape it to the duct tape face, be sure that you try them both out separately, so that you are comfortable with them together. If your careful, they should fit. I recommend overlapping the two pieces a little. Have the face inside or outside of the cranium piece.

    The Back of Your Head
    This piece adds some stability in your helmet. Weíre going to make it so that it doesnít cover all of the back of your head, so that youíll be able to get out.
    Just make a rectangular piece of tin foil, put it on the back of your head, put on the helmet, adjust the rectangular piece so itís comfortable, and take a small piece of tape and tape the rectangle to the top of the mask. Now duct tape the rest. Yeah, lookiní good.

    The Sides
    Basically do exactly like what you did for the back, but do it on the sides.

    Finish it
    Now that youíre done, just cut up the face to a design that you want. Mines cool, but I bet yours would be cooler.
    I also added a little strap on the back, so that itís easier to keep the helmet on. It was easy to do.

    And that's how you make a duct tape helmet.

    Last edited by Ian Gills; 04-16-2009 at 03:09 PM.

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    My lawyer will be in touch with you soon. How dare you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    What are all these tea parties about? I find that rather insensitive.
    It's just something the GOP is doing trying to absolve themselves of any of the blame for the mess we are in...

    Geez if they didn't screw to pooch who did?

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    First Boston harbor and now this?

    All that fine tea going to waste?

    One cannot help wonder why you guys don't like paying taxes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    First Boston harbor and now this?

    All that fine tea going to waste?

    One cannot help wonder why you guys don't like paying taxes?
    Who drinks tea anyway...
    Let the fish drink it...

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    If we thought we were actualy getting something for the money we probably wouldn't be quite so pissed.

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    I have a question in regards to Cocks Cable but this might be the wrong forum.
    I just post cuz I like to see my avatar.

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