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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:52 am 
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This is my water meter that apparently also doubles as the external stopcock.
could anyone tell me how to operate it please, i cannot turn it by hand, so what do i need?
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 Post subject: Re: stopcock help
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No idea but if your internal stopcock is fubared then try this....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB_ix9cpcBo

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This video should help,



If your tap dont work perhaps your water company will fix it free as it is attached to the meter.



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Thanks wino but it's the internal stop cock that I want to disconnect to allow me to fit some kitchen cabinets around them

Adonis, my issue is that there is no tap. If you look at the picture, the meter you can see that it has "on" displayed - I'm pretty sure I have to do something to the actual meter to turn the water off, I just don't know what.


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Looking online it looks as if there are various types, some of which take a key of some sort. The shaft the key fits on is often recessed.
It'd probably help if you cleaned it up a bit, but what is that bit just off centre in the unit that looks a bit brown? Possibly a rusty shaft with a recess round it? :dunno:
Ask any neighbours with a similar setup?


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Think your only option is to contact your local water authority and get them to isolate the supply for you, hopefully you'll get a decent inspector come out whose happy to have a cup of tea while you make any necessary alterations.
Had a meter like that on a job a while ago and the inspector had a weird looking key which sat over the meter and turned it, he had no idea where to buy one from though!
It really needs changing to the usual type with a separate valve



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I think the water meter is just concealing the valve. It's normally a quarter turn & I think the blue bit is just visible in your photo.

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Thanks dickie
The blue bit is just a bracket which secures the meter, I think that Lloyd is right if I'm honest- the main problem being that I have no idea where to purchase the key.
However at the mdpe pipe is exposed whilst I am fitting the kitchen I think I'm going to try and clamp it off.

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