I have discovered that the galvanized water line between my house and the water meter is leaking and needs to be replaced. The water meter pit is in my front yard, about 35 feet from the house. I’ve called a couple of plumbers and the price ranges from $1300-$1500 to put in a new copper line. I figure the copper tubing and fittings would cost about $200 at the most and I’d be paying for about $1100-$1200 in labor. I am a do-it-yourself kind of guy. Last summer I installed a new underground electrical service at my house (other than pulling the main service line) so I feel I am capable of doing the job. The hardest part will be digging the hole around the meter so I can connect the new pipe. I’d just rent a trencher and trench from the house out to the meter pit next to the old line, and drop in the new copper tubing. My only concern is disconnecting the old pipe from the meter and connecting the new line. Since the old line is obviously corroded, what happens if it breaks off? I’m assuming it is a threaded connection? Or would it be some kind of flared connection? If it were a flared connection, I’d be less concerned. I’d really hate to spend the money, but would I be better off? The plumbers said they would bore the pipe over to the pit from within the basement so less of my yard would be disturbed. Any suggestions?
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