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Why all the copper?Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This may seem a bit random, but I think it is completely reasonable for us to buy a bunch of copper pipe, valves, and fittings in the middle of our deck renovation.

Indeed, this will all make sense when one realizes that we are also planning to move and replace the washer and dryer down in the basement, as well as install a new sink and countertop. And with the Ipe still on it's way, now seems like as good of a time as any to get started.

To make the rest of the work a bit easier, the first step is to add a nice ball valve right after the water meter so that we can quickly shut off the water to the whole house without having to worry about the old gate valve that was installed who-knows-when.

Step 1 - cross your fingers.

Step 2 - slowly close the old gate valve.

Step 3 - drain the pressure out of the system.

Step 4 - cut the pipe after the meter and clean the ends.

Step 4.5 - (have small regrets about painting the pipes, as you spend 10 minutes scraping off the paint).

Step 5 - install new 3/4" ball valve with compression fittings.

Step 6 - cross fingers again.

Step 7 - open old gate valve and check for leaks (none - horray!)

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