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I have been trying to switch the water off outside the house.

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I have been trying to switch the water off outside the house. Located the toby and have the key.Trouble is I can't get it to turn and if I did,is it a half turn clockwise? Thinking of getting a couple of pieces of pipe for the handle to act as leverage. any suggestions as to what else to do and is clockwise the right direction?
Many thanks
James Kean
Plumberpro :

Hi , clockwise is the right direction. Just be careful , because some of the outside stopcocks are so old now that the handles snap when they are turned . the water board will come out and turn it off for you if you get stuck . two months ago one snapped on me when water was off. The water board have a special tool to deal with this. A piece of wood with a v cut out works as well . it goes over the handle and turns it . you can use a cross member piece of wood for leverage.

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The other thing is to buy a stopcock tool , for about 20 pounds

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