best box or pipe to suround water line valve at house?

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  1. edwardh1

    edwardh1 Member

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    My mom has a 1958 home and the supply water line comes from the water company box at the street under the ground straight to the house where under the dirt there is a shutoff valve at the foundation , and right above where it enters the house is a water spigot.

    Same situation at my house, but my water valve under the dirt is in a vertical cement pipe that allows access to the shut off valve.
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    Moms is hard to get to as its under dirt. she lives alone.
    I have a water meter tool in her garage for the street valve but I dont think her neighbors would or could use it if she had an urgent need to shut off the water, last time I dug around her inlet valve at the house the valve wheel/handle was 1/2 rusted away/

    question 1- whats the standard kind of pipe to put around the in the ground around the shut off valve at the house ? large PVC to allow access to the valve with vice grip for example?

    2. will "exposing" the valve in a box or pipe cause it to rust more? its a 3/4 inch copper line and an inline copper valve

    Thank you.
    Last edited: May 20, 2014
  2. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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  3. edwardh1

    edwardh1 Member

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    thanks just went and bought the same one. will install it this week, thanks
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