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Why aren’t there water shutoff valves for each room?

This is a result of building as efficiently (cheaply) as possible, and there is almost no need for room valves. First, efficiency: Valves are more expensive than pipe. Extra valves means more labor ...
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Could my water heater in a 4 unit townhome be shared and explain my high power bill?

If you are paying for electricity, there must be an electric meter somewhere. The electric meter has wires (possibly inside a pipe) that feeds an equipment panel which has circuit breakers in it. If ...
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Why aren’t there water shutoff valves for each room?

The Viega Manabloc is an example of a system in which a central valve manifold uses a dedicated tube for every fixture in the house, as alluded in the comment from BillDOe. In some US homes it's not ...
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Identifying My Main Water Shutoff Valve / Setup

Yes, that looks like your main shutoff valve. It's normally the first valve on your water supply from where it enters your house, and typically before the water meter. In my house there is another ...
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Is this a frost free outdoor faucet?

If you are referring to frostless sillcocks, that is not one. It looks like a standard 1/2" female hose bib on a galvanized pipe.
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Why aren’t there water shutoff valves for each room?

It would be difficult to install area shutoffs in most residences, since they need to be accessible to be useful. The best case scenario is an access panel in the floor or wall, the worst case is ...
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What is the best way to permanently bond a driver tip to a stuck screw head?

The torque required to turn the screw will be too great for any of the locally purchased epoxies. Take a rotary tool, like a Dremel, with a cutoff wheel or a hacksaw and deepen, widen the slot on that ...
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Is this a frost free outdoor faucet?

Definitely not frost-free. With the updated photo - Mark were the galvanized pipe meets the outside wall. Turn off the water at some point that will affect this pipe Hold the copper with an ...
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Could my water heater in a 4 unit townhome be shared and explain my high power bill?

Everything so far is guessing. Unless you have both abnormally high water bills to go with the high electricity bills, there is no reason to assume it is the water heater. You need to narrow things ...
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What kind of gas shut off valve is this and how do you use it?

Looks like a plain old adjustable open end wrench (or an open end wrench of the correct size) will operate it. Wrench on the square bit of the red part, turn the whole red part, probably 90 degrees. A ...
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How to remove this water shut off valve under the kitchen sink?

That plumbing is PEX which uses compression fittings. You have two styles of compression rings on it, the black-ish ones with the aqua copper corrosion are "copper crimp rings" and the ...
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Water shut off valve and backflow preventer

You want the green valve for normal water shutoff purposes If you're just seeking to shut off the household (domestic) water to work on the plumbing, you want the green valve, since that will shut off ...
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In order to avoid shutting off water to the whole house, can I temporarily terminate a PEX pipe at a closed shut-off valve?

Yes that is fine. Plumbers use sharkbites as well. Just make sure the pex is fully pushed into the sharkbite shutoff. You could even leave them permanently - exposed plumbing is one of the better ...
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Could my water heater in a 4 unit townhome be shared and explain my high power bill?

It needn't be the hot water. A friend and I once rented adjacent apartments. His power bill was notably higher than mine. It was later determined that the outside lighting on the building was all ...
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How can I shut off the water to my toilet?

Your picture shows that there is no water shutoff valve in the toilet water line. If you have a separate water meter for your apartment, there could be a shutoff valve right after the meter. If the ...
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Is this a frost free outdoor faucet?

It's not a frost-free. Here's how you can tell. The parts of a frost-free are Handle is in-line with the pipe in the wall. A 45-degree sill cock is not frost-free The handle is in-line with the pipe ...
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Is this a gas shutoff valve

No, that's not a valve. It looks like a drain, as might be useful if the fitting had been installed in a fire sprinkler or steam line, or functionally just an odd-ball tee fitting.
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What is this copper ring insert in my sharkbite supply valve?

Here is the correct answer to the question as it is written. The copper ring is a ferrule, which is part of a compression fitting. You absolutely need the copper Ferrule for a watertight connection,...
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Could my water heater in a 4 unit townhome be shared and explain my high power bill?

If you want to properly rule out the water heater then turn it off using the electrical panel and go away for 2 1/2 weeks again. If your bill is only $30 cheaper again then it's not the water heater. ...
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Could my water heater in a 4 unit townhome be shared and explain my high power bill?

XY problem here. The real problem: your electricity bill is high. Your proposed solution: find who leeches the hot water. If someone steals your hot water, chances are that at least once in a while ...
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Water shut off valve and backflow preventer

Never heard of a "Potter switch" but I would guess you have a fire sprinkler system, given the "before the meter" and red paint. Also the much larger diameter line for that purpose ...
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Can someone tell me what kind of fitting for this toilet water shut off valve is?

Looks like it flares out at the wall escutcheon. Hard to be 100% but I'd bet it is 1/2" female NPT and connected to galvanized iron pipe water supply. Probably something like this You could ...
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Why aren’t there water shutoff valves for each room?

There are - just not usually in houses Commercial, industrial and multi-residential buildings almost always have isolation valves for floor or unit take-offs and for each "group" of fixtures. What ...
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Why aren’t there water shutoff valves for each room?

In France it's commonplace. Not only having small shut-off valves for hot and cold, but also to toilet, washer, dishwasher shower and water heater feeds. There's also manifolds near the rising main ...
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Main water shut off

Yes. Shut off the water off at the street before you try to fix it. Elsewise you will get a big flood. Then put in a ball valve. Ball valves work faster than gate valves, which can come in handy in ...
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How long should it take to drain a home's water pipes through a faucet?

Yes, all the water will drain from the second floor. It will take awhile because the faucet you're opening probably has an aerator on it which restrict flow and you only have gravity as a flow force. ...
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How should I disconnect my gas stove?

This is a very simple task as long as you are legally allowed to disconnect the stove (many places allow you to install your own appliances). I think that people are unreasonably afraid of "working ...
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What is this copper ring insert in my sharkbite supply valve?

I think there may be some misunderstandings here "Sharkbite" is both a brand name AND a trademark for a type of solderless fitting-to-pipe connection. The connection type came first and ...
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Saddle valve won't turn off

Yes, unless the saddle valve is corroded. Then it won't turn off completely and afterwards possibly won't open back up. If it's really corroded you might not even be able to turn it at all.
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Lights go out in part of the house whenever I plug.something in

Probably a broken wire or bad connection in the box behind the outlet where you plugged in. I recommend getting an electrician to look at it RIGHT NOW. You could cause a fire in the wall and burn ...
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