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    The main shutoff on my house needs to be replaced. It is an old gate valve. Under code can I replace it with a ball valve or is it rrequired to be a full-bore gate valve? Thanks as always.

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    I don't know of any code that requires a gate valve on you main shut off, I would replace it with a full port ball valve.

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    Gate valves may still have a place in the world, but for your main house shut off, a 1/4 turn ball valve is the only sensible way to go.

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    Thanks very much. It pained me to think of having another gate valve because code required it.

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    I have a plumber coming in to replace my main valve- it drips. Will he have to shut water off at the street, or is there a special trick or tool they use to shut off water while replacing that?

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    The water will be turned off at the street, probably by the city. Your plumber will know local rules, but generally, the meter and everything before the meter is the responsibility of the city. After the meter it is the homeowner's property. Usually the city prohibits homeowners from turning off the city's valve. Once the water if off, it will take only minutes to install the valve.

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