Hello all! I've been doing some copper sweating in the basement and I now need to shut off the main valve from the city. I called the town and they're only responsible for the meter, not anything else in the house (I was really hoping they would be responsible BEFORE the meter). I want to replace the old crappy gate valve that's installed, as it's feeling a bit crunchy, and I just want a more permanent quarter turn ball valve in there (doing it in other areas of the house as well). I don't want to HAVE to shut it off one day and it break or not seat all the way. I'm in no way super experienced with plumbing, but I have common sense and I like projects. Can someone please let me know the best way to do this? Either way, I'm going to need them to shut the water off at the street, correct? Also, would there be any reason that they put a 1/2" piece of copper in the pipe before the meter? It doesn't make sense, as the feed coming in is 3/4" and they're bottle necking it with the 1/2" tubing, when the rest of the plumbing up to the water softener and such is 3/4". If you guys could do it "right" what valve/fittings/pieces/etc. would you use and how would you install them?