Covering/Hiding Water Line Pipe in front of home

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Old 11-06-13, 03:06 PM
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Covering/Hiding Water Line Pipe in front of home

I'm not sure this is the right forum topic to discuss this but here goes.

My house has the main water line pipe sticking out in the front of the house. it is somewhat near the driveway but not directly in front. it is not on the side of the house but in the right corner.

The pipe works fine but my concern is that it is too exposed right in front of the house and by the garage. I am afraid one of my kids may trip on it, or the gardener may push the something over it and break it, etc....

Any ideas on how to cover it or make it avoidable?

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Old 11-06-13, 03:22 PM
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You could build a box to slide over it and paint/stain it to match the rest of your house. You'd want something easily removed in case you need to turn off the water.
 
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Thank you for that idea. I was thinking about a box as well but do you mean like a wooden box or metal box? I want something heavy enough so it would not blow away in heavy winds. Do they sell boxes like this at hardware stores or it's something I will have to build?
 
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Old 11-06-13, 04:37 PM
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A box with three sides and a top. I'd set threaded rods into the concrete at each outside corner that would come up the inside of the box and out the top. Then I'd put a wing nut on each to hold the box. The box would be a custom build. I'd fasten wooden cleats on either side (inside the box) to the concrete to help keep the box from shifting.

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My thought was similar to Ray's although not as ambitious [I'd skip the threaded rods] If you made the box out of 2xs, I would think it would be heavy enough to hold itself in place. Being placed up against the wall it isn't likely the wind would affect it.
 
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Mark, that was my least ambitious one. My first was to cast a concrete box. Second was to put a valve inside and cover with an insulation filled permanently attached box.
 
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thank you all for your help. Box is the way to go.
 
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