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moving an external stopcock

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we have a stopcock right by the backdoor under a small round cover. quite deep down as I couldn't get my arm to it last time needed to. we want to erect a small conservatory and the only location is o… Read More
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8m, 6d agoPosted 8 months, 6 days ago
we have a stopcock right by the backdoor under a small round cover. quite deep down as I couldn't get my arm to it last time needed to. we want to erect a small conservatory and the only location is on top of this tap. can of be relocated? and has anyone done this/got an idea of work and costs?
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8m, 6d agoPosted 8 months, 6 days ago
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#1
You can get a plumber to put a new stopcock somewhere else inside the property but the risk will be that this stopcock leaks in future and you can't get access to repair it.

You could get the plumber to remove this main stopcock so it won't leak in future. Not an expensive job. Up to £200 tops i would guess.
#2
Would this be your stop tap and not the water companies External stop tap? If this is the case mutly is about right.
#3
nitelighter
Would this be your stop tap and not the water companies External stop tap? If this is the case mutly is about right.

I have a house where the main stop cock is like this outside the front door. I got the plumber to add an additonal stopcock inside the house as you don't want to use that stopcock, which needs a special tool to reach it and if it rains, you don't want to be flaffing about outside or at night when you may have an emergency leak to stop.
banned#4
mutley1
You can get a plumber to put a new stopcock somewhere else inside the property

No you cannot. This is the external stopcock & must be moved externally


Edited By: YouDontWantToKnow on Aug 20, 2016 21:28: clarity
#5
we have an internal one. this one is not far from the internal one only its external. its in our garden so I think its our responsibility. not sure if there is another on win the street that the water company deal with.
#6
I moved ours. Turned off in the road at the main stop tap then plumbed in a new one. Guess you need basic plumbing skills but not difficult.
#7
If this is a branch stop tap then u can do what u want with it. If it is the water boards External stop tap. You can't work on it. You can request the water board to move it. Get a plumber to check or ask your water company to trace the External stop tap then you will know either way
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nitelighter
If this is a branch stop tap then u can do what u want with it. If it is the water boards External stop tap. You can't work on it. You can request the water board to move it. Get a plumber to check or ask your water company to trace the External stop tap then you will know either way

The fact it is covered by a round cover strongly suggests it is the main external stopcock.
#9
If the cover has bb on it then it would be the boundary box yes but u have seen such covers used for branch stop tap as the op hasn't mentioned if the cover has anything on it offering possible options of what this tap is.
banned#10
nitelighter
If the cover has bb on it then it would be the boundary box yes but u have seen such covers used for branch stop tap as the op hasn't mentioned if the cover has anything on it offering possible options of what this tap is.

I can only think it is a fairly new build or a house without a footpath in front or an old house where the water company have replaced old pipework.

I know what you mean but I have only seen round ones that are fairly new (last 10-15 years ish) but always have housed the proper external stopcock.

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