Years ago I bought a home which'd been a rental home for a number of years. One of the first jobs was to redo a bath, but I couldn't get the water cut off at the main. A plumber came out, tinkered a bit, then said he couldn't help -- it was frozen in place. He was too afraid to put more pressure on it as a broken pipe would mean turning off water at the street. He suggested I call the city and ask them to locate the cutoff. A few days later I arrived home to find a mark dead center in the driveway with a note from the city saying the cutoff was about 5 ft below the mark.Months later, the morning radio woke me with the news that some parts of the city didn't have water due to a broken part at the pumping station. I immediately found I had no water. Quick! I called the plumbing company and they switched out the valve. All was saved.
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