Do-It-Yourself Home Repair/Remod Help Thread

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  1. O Face

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    Since this IS The dawg shed, I have to consider that you're just "yanking our chain", but, if you're serious - the picture you show - with the printing "American Standard" - you MUST know that under those two caps are the top of the 'bolts' that you also have illustrated with the protrusions. The top of the bolts have a dent so you can tighten them with a screw driver. The protrusions on the 'nut' underneath stop the nut from turning when you turn the bolt with a screwdriver from above.
     
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    What Nice said.

    And the caps that cover the screw heads are attached with little hinges that you don't want to break. In your picture the hinges are at the 12:00 position so you'll want to stick your screwdriver in at the 6:00 position to carefully pop them open.
     
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    Sadly I wasn’t yanking your chain. I’m that stupid
     
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    What BaddFunn said. I should have mentioned about being careful about prying the covers open - they're very flimsy.
     
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    Well - as they say - 'there are no dumb questions - only dumb answers'. Glad to help - sliding around on a loose toilet seat is no fun.
     
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    I have to install water meters for all the cooling towers at our buildings.

    At some of the buildings, the gate valve on the line that feeds the tower doesn't hold and allows water through.

    Can you recommend a tool that I can use to block the water flow while I make my welds?

    I don't want to have to cut-off water to the buildings.

    I've seen a tool for this at a plumbing supply house, but it was for smaller line-sets (like, 3/4") and I need something for 1 1/2" to 2".
     
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    Does the bread in the pipe trick actually work?

    I just saw a couple clips on youtube.
     
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    The meters are welded in? I would think they'd be threaded, but I guess not. The only thing I can think of using is a pipe freeze kit but you have to stop the flow completely for the water to freeze. Then you'll probably have about 10-20 minutes to replace the leaking gate valve.

    [​IMG]

    Some supply houses rent these kits so you won't need to lay out $500-$750 to buy one. Just make sure you have plenty of fresh air in the area you're working because the kit can fill the area with a lot of carbon dioxide and you could pass out.
     
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    Sometimes, but I've actually never tried it. When I was a kid working in NYC I'd buy dry ice to freeze the pipes or nowadays I use a Jet-swet but the water would need to be turned off to use it.

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    Nips, what are we looking at? Almost looks like some drywalled over a ship-lap wood paneled ceiling?
     
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    They're threaded, but I added cut off valves on both ends in case I ever need to replace them in the future.

    So, you'll have the cut off valves on both ends, two female threaded adapters on both ends that connect to the threaded ends of the meter.

    And, add that to the existing line set.

    Thanks.
     
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    Cool.

    I'll look for this kit today.

    Thanks.
     
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    Yes. I can't believe the previous owner did that. The paneling is fucking beautiful. :fil:
     
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    I was just about to say that.

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    They needed to replace a valve at work on the main coming into the building. Had to be at least 4". It had a bypass setup to get around the meter and being the curious dude I am I asked the plumber what the plan was (we have a massive ground grid bonded to this setup and were concerned about it) He said they were going to bypass and freeze the pipe to cut out the valve. I thought he was fucking with me but sure as shit that's what they did. Pretty smart whoever figured that out.
     
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