replacing shower body--what does "supply building with main shutoff valve" mean?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by dayexday, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. dayexday

    dayexday New Member

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    This might be a dumb question. So as written above I'm replacing my shower body and the building sent me an email that when i replace the shower body I need to "supply the building with a main shutoff valves for your bathroom". What does this mean? I thought the valve goes inside the wall. I don't know what I'm supposed to supply them with. I asked the super to clarify but he doesn't speak english that well.
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    The building does not like to have to turn of the water to everyone just so you can work on your plumbing.....not your fault because it was built that way. They are asking you at the time of your remodel work to install an accessible valve(s) to turn off the water to your bathroom. From a practical standpoint, that may not be possible, but for sure you should purchase a shower valve which has hot and cold stops built in. That allows it to be serviced without turning off the building. Your sink and toilet already have individual valves, presumably.
  3. u.s.coins

    u.s.coins Member

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    ...i think they are worried that you're going to shut off everybody's water to the building. if you have shut offs for this fixture, of course no problem. that's how i read it anyway. hth
  4. dayexday

    dayexday New Member

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    i bought a shower valve with stops so that next time I can turn off water without building doing it. Is that what they're referring to? So the building doesn't "keep" anything? It sounded like they wanted me to give them something physical.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    They are asking for shut off valves for the hot and cold water TO your unit, so ANY work in it can be done without turning off the entire building. Your sinks and toilet should have individual shutoffs, BUT when THEY have to be replaced, and it happens frequently, they do NOT want to shuf off the entire building again. Depending on HOW the piping is arranged, a single pair of hot and cold valves may NOT satisfy their request.
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