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CITY WATER SHUT OFF TOOLS
JUST REMEMBER TO BE CERTIFIED BY THE WATER AND CITY BEFORE USING ANY TOOL ON THEIR SYSTEM.
THIS PAGE IS FOR THOSE IN THE TRADE ONLY!!
NOTE TO ALL OTHERS KEEP OUT!!
JUST A FEW IDEAS AND HOW TO MAKE AND WHERE TO FIND SHUT OFF TOOLS
where to buy:
Mueller 151-061 60 inch
Jones Stephens Corp. M25-560 60" Water Meter Key
Jones Stephens Corp. M25-527 27" Water Meter Key
below are the socket adapters (kinda cool!!)
for cover 5 sided bolt heads:
For public water what you want is a street main shutoff key which is a 3~4' long rod with a T handle and forked sort of end. I recently bought one at Lowes for 12.50, if you can't find it at home/hardware stores a plumbing supply will definitely have it at about 15~25 dollars.
It is made by Orbit if that is a help- I saw it near underground sprinkler supplies in the plumbing dept
HOW TO FAB ONE
The end of a commercial meter key is a "U" shaped piece welded onto a long rod. This photo from Google Images shows a commercially produced key on the shut off valve. Most commercial keys are painted black.
This is my finished key that I made from six short sections of various kinds of tubing plus the piece for the handle. The door knob gives you and idea of its length. Because our meter is deeper than usual, I needed a longer key than is usually found in the local hardware store.
A note on use of the water meter key: In our part of Idaho we have little rainfall. Our water for irrigating our lawns comes through a system of underground piping about 10 inches in diameter. It is fed by water in reservoirs from spring snow melt in the mountains. Once a week we open the valves in the backyard and flood the entire lawn with about 3 inches of water. The meter box fills with irrigation water and the shut off valve silts over so that it is not visible. My longer meter key is handy for poking around to find the shut off valve in the muddy silt.
To make the key end I attached a 10 inch abrasive cutting wheel to an arbor
and manually worked the end of a 1 inch piece of pipe against the edge of the
wheel until I had a slot that would fit over the shut off valve in our water
box. That would have been sufficient, but I wanted to add a little leverage and
make the key easier to align on the shut off valve. So, I welded two small
pieces of strap iron onto the end of the pipe.
I cut a slot in a pipe cap to make mine
Great and useful project. I needed one but I just cut a slot in 1/4" thick metal bar I had that was an inch wide. Fit perfectly. Nice when you can make a needed tool out of whatever you have on hand and it works well.