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Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff Tool

This Orbit Emergency Gas and Water Shut-Off Tool can be utilized as a meter cover tool, water and gas main shut-off key or a pick for prying meter covers open. Featuring a rubberized grip for comfort, this tool is a versatile implement for sprinkler and irrigation systems.
Overall rating:
1.8 / 5
1.8
 / 
5
(5 reviews) 5
Open Ratings Snapshot
50%of customersrecommend this product2 of 4reviews
Rating Breakdown 5 reviews
1.8 out of 5.0
5
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4
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3
(2)
2
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1
(3)
50%of customersrecommend this product2 of 4reviews
Customer questions and answers:
2 Questions | 4 Answers
Customer reviews for Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff Tool
Review 1 for Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff Tool
from Temple City, CA

Looks nice but not practical

PostedJanuary 9, 2011
Overall rating 
1.0 out of 5.0
1 out of 5
No, I do not recommend this product.
Bought this to turn off water main shutoff. Does not work. My shutoff main curb key is 5/16"x1". This wrench is a little too big for the key and it literally turns around without getting a good grip. Be aware that the neck is wide. If your curb key sits too close to the edge of the meter box, you may not have enough clearance to turn the valve. Try it on my gas main valve, neither does it fit. It's too bulky, not enough clearance. End up returning it to homedepot. Bought the other water shutoff wrench with longer stem and tee handle. Even though the wrench opening is a standard 3/4", it actually works on a 5/16" key. The main shutoff is very tight and I had to give it a good crank.
+10points
11out of 12found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff Tool

Wrong sizes on every feature

PostedMay 17, 2011
Overall rating 
1.0 out of 5.0
1 out of 5
No, I do not recommend this product.
This is definitely a well made tool considering its 10 dollar cost. The problem is that the slots for shutting off the water and gas are way too large to be of much use. My water shut off and gas shut off valves require a 3/8 slot or cut out in order to fit over the metal rail, but this tool has 3/4 inch slots...twice the appropriate size. In addition, I could not use the hook or arrow device on the horizontal section to lift the heavy water main cover off of its seat, despite what the directions stated. I returned it and made my own tool out of plumbing pipe parts that works great. I screwed in two 1/2 wide by 3 inch long pipe nipples into a 1/2 inch tee connector to form the turning handle. Then I screwed in an 8 long pipe to form the vertical section. I finished by screwing on a 1/2 to 3/4 inch reducer piece and hack sawed a few cuts in the wide end to form the slot. I then removed the remaining material with a miniature grinding wheel on a dremel tool and then squared it off with a hand file. Voila, it worked perfectly! Cost about $8.00 in pipe parts, cheaper than the store tool and better. If you don’t have the desire or ability to grind the slot, you could always bring the piece to a machine shop and have them do it. This tool will last a lifetime and should be kept handy at all times in case an emergency requires water or gas shut-off.
+14points
15out of 16found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff Tool
from AZ
Age Range:65 or over
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Gender:Male
Home Improvement Profile:DIYer

Waiting To Use It

PostedFebruary 11, 2014
Overall rating 
3.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5
The tool seems to meet the requirement for water and gas shutoffs but, fortunately, I have not had the opportunity to use the tool hence just three stars. Will update the rating after first use.
I will say that the tool seems to be very robust.
-10points
0out of 10found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff Tool
from Riverside

useless

PostedJuly 8, 2011
Overall rating 
1.0 out of 5.0
1 out of 5
this product simply does not work. completely useless.
-2points
3out of 8found this review helpful.
Review 5 for Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff Tool

PostedMay 13, 2006
Overall rating 
3.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5
This customer did not provide a text review.
-13points
0out of 13found this review helpful.