The hot water faucet on my ancient basement utility sink has a minor leak. When the home inspector looked at it, he recommended that I replace it. Although I'm a complete amateur at plumbing, it doesn't look difficult to replace. The only problem is that that I tried the water shutoffs for this faucet, but the hot water one will not completely close.
I'm thinking that I'll need to shut off water to the entire house, but I haven't done that before since I moved in. I see where the water comes into the basement where there's a "Badger Meter," presumably from the Water Dept. There's a shutoff knob on the utility side of the meter, but I don't see any shutoff knob on the homeowner side. Is there any problem with my shutting off the water on the utility side? Are there any things I need to do or should be aware of before shutting off the main?
Here's a picture of a faucet that looks pretty much like the one I need to replace:
Anything else I should be aware of before tackling this? I welcome any advice.
Also for various other small projects I don't want to tackle but are way too small for a general contractor, can anyone recommend a handyman? Private messaging me is fine if you prefer.