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Outside I have a leaky secondary water valve that seems to overfill whenever my secondary water is turned off. I don't have the slightest clue of how to replace this and would rather learn how to do it myself instead of hiring a landscaper to do a few hours of work.

Can somebody recommend the best way for approaching this?

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Without seeing the actual valve type and piping arrangement it will be very difficult for anyone to tell you what you are in for.

One thing I know for sure: step #1 is digging it up! Once it is exposed you (and our on-line community) will have a much better idea of needed repair work, if you add pictures to your post.

Questions: 1) Is it a continual leak that keeps the area flooded like in the picture? If so, you will need to effect a positive shut off upstream and let the water soak in or dry up before excavating. You will likely need to do this anyway to proceed with the repair or replacement.

Judging by the type of handle I see in your picture, I suspect it might be a valve like this: enter image description here

If it is a brass valve like this, they are usually fairly simple to repair. replacement is not always as easy.

  • Right after our water was turned off for the winter, I was able to dig this up and it was very similar to this brass valve. I then looked up a few guides on repairing brass sprinkler valves and did the various maintenance. Time will tell when the water comes back on! Thanks for your help! – Jon Douglas Mar 16 '15 at 19:51

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