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Question DetailsAsked on 5/16/2018

what is general cost for a water lin repair

my water line on the outsid faucet is stripped it is connected to main water line no valve to shut off house is about 50 yrs. pipe line in awkward place in ceiling of basement. all I want to do is take off pipe line get pipe rethreaded or that's where I need your advice

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Couple of options - Plumbing is obviously the Search the List category to find well-rated and reviewed ones.

I am assuming you mean a hose bib - outdoor faucet which you connect garden hose to.

1) depending on how damaged the threads on the faucet are, Plumber may be able to clean up the threads and then put on (permanently) a fitting threaded and sealed onto the repaired threads, which you then connect the hose to for use. Would stick out a couple of inches more is all. Will not work probably if threads are totally stripped - but if just damaged enough that the hose does not thread on straight but the threads are still there, usually pretty easy to do.

If not too damaged, you may just be able to use file to clean up any crossed threads (once mushed into the groove so it will not thread right) and get a female hose thread end to male hose thread end adapter and put it on with some teflon plumbers tape to seal the damaged thread - then leave that one permanently (tighten with pliers).

2) get a plumber to have the city turn off the water at the street or at the meter (some cities allow plumbers to do this themselves), then plumber does the repair, then city turns water back on. Can run $0 - 150 generally for the city charge (water off and on again combined charge), plus plumber minimum visit charge (probably enough for this work) runs $75-350 but usually around $125-175 in most areas. Generally, if there is a shutoff valve at the meter (usually on the "street" side of the meter to allow shutoff to change out the meter if needed) plumbers can usually do that themselves - "curb stop" main shutoffs at the street utility usually wants to do shutoff and turn on themselves. If getting the city water supply shut off, I would have him put a main shutoff valve just inside the house, where the water pipe enters the house, so in the future in event of a leak you can shut off the water yourself. Will add maybe $25 parts to the cost, and probably $0-50 labor or so, in addition to the faucet repair/replacement cost.

Meter shutoff valve usually looks like this - sometimes with a "tab" to turn it, sometimes a hex head or recess in it - almost always just on the street (incoming) side of meter:

3) if basement is unfinished, plumber may opt to open a number of faucets in the house and outside (to drop water pressure in the house system), wrap some plastic sheeting around the area to control the water and then just cut the water line and quickly slip on a snakebite (press-on) or compression fitting shutoff valve or a snakebite or compression threaded fitting (which he then threads a valve onto) on that line to the faucet, then shut off that valve before doing the rest of the work. If threaded pipe he could just cut the pipe just past a joint, unthread that cut stub end, and thread a shutoff valve into the line and turn it off. Then with that valve shut off, reconnect the open end of the valve into the line.

Or could do this near where the line enters the house if a bit of water won't hurt that area - as a permanent whole-house shutoff valve which you can use in any future leak emergency or repair need. Will probably get a couple to maybe 5 gallons of water spraying around doing it that way - not a problem in unfinished basements or crawlspaces, not so hot in finished basements or near electrical. Avoids city shutoff charge.

Either way, total cost probably (depending on whether faucet can be fixed or needs replacing and on whether it is a frost-free faucet or not), about $150-300 should cover it - possibly a hundred or two more if city has to shut the water off, which would also mean several hours to maybe a half day or more without water between shutoff and turning back on time, as opposed to about an hour or less without them having to turn the water off and back on.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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