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    Not underground it would need to be brazed but soft copper can bend so there shouldn't be any need to add fittings.

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    Above ground soldering should be ok for soft copper tubing? I guess I need to tape/sleeve the copper tubing where it goes thru' the concrete box/slab.

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    Frankly, you are way overthinking this. From the photos you supplied, it looks like it is easy enough to bring in new service without messing with concrete and sleeves.

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    If a galvanized water service is removed, the electrical panel must be grounded first

    http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/Fir...PageMode=Print
    Has the electrical panel been grounded after replacement of the water service?

    Sometimes the panel is grounded to the water service.
    Last edited by Terry; 06-21-2013 at 10:22 AM.

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    Thx I'm redoing the main electrical panel so would redo the grounding.


    A question:

    I'm thinking of possibly remodeling a few years later -- meaning I might need to move the water main entry location to the house to a different spot at that time.


    Would that be ok to move the soft copper line later on -- e.g. bend the copper main water line at a different angle only, but no need to extend the length.
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    Would that be ok to move the soft copper line later on -- e.g. bend the copper main water line at a different angle only, but no need to extend the length.
    If it's soft copper, you may be able to get a little bend out of it.
    Copper gets stiffer each time it's moved.

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    Do yourself a favor and pound some ground rods. Yes, you can bond the water pipes to the grounding system, but water pipes themselves should not be the system ground point. If you haven't already run the new supply line, and can accept it coming from a different location where you don't need to go underneath the concrete, there's no reason you can't bring it into the house there, then run it to the old supply point inside of the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wet_Boots View Post
    Frankly, you are way overthinking this. From the photos you supplied, it looks like it is easy enough to bring in new service without messing with concrete and sleeves.

    To add to this observation, this thread is coming up on its two-year anniversary.

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