During the night on Sunday / Monday, the main stopcock (which is in the cloakroom) started leaking.
He claimed one resident's car had been trapped in his drive for weeks, another car had been damaged when a lorry backed into it, and the outside stopcock to one house had had to be replaced.
They asked him to turn off the stopcock for the water.
A quick fumble for the stopcock , a basin, and a phone call to my father solved the leak, but I was left with a very wet floor to clean.
Finally, his exhausted wife pointed out the location of the stopcock behind the kitchen sink and all was well.
However, I am satisfied on the evidence that the stopcock had to be removed to enable the brickwork outer leaf to be removed and that a new stopcock was not unreasonable.
The stopcock and boiler are two floors below in the cellar.
I tried to turn the mains off in the road and it would not turn right off so I had a constant flow of water coming through to the main stopcock inside my house.
A buret is a long tube with volume markings for precise measurement and a stopcock at the bottom to control the flow of liquid.
The man knocked on the door saying he wanted to check the stopcock and used taps in the kitchen before moving to the living room.