Pressure reducing valve is leaking... can i maybe just remove it?


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Old 02-13-17, 12:39 PM
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Pressure reducing valve is leaking... can i maybe just remove it?

This is in a house built in the 60's. The PRV started spraying water from where it joins together, and a piece inside was broken. It is a Cash Acme EB-72 U. (3/4")

Can i test the water pressure to see if it is even necessary to replace the PRV? Like maybe screw some fittings into the ends of the water pipe, to temporarily hook the water back up so i can test the water pressure with a gauge? If so, what would be the cheapest way to do that?

Here is a picture of the water pipes with the PRV removed:



The only things in the house are a kitchen sink, washer hookup, 1 bathroom (sink, tub/shower), and two hose bibs outside.
 
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Old 02-15-17, 10:53 AM
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If you have a PRV, 98% chance you need to replace it with a new PRV.

If you really want to test it out, you can get a few adapters to connect it to a pressure gauge and see what your street pressure is. You'll probably want to check it a few times throughout the day/night, depending on your location and neighborhood water usage, the pressure can fluctuate quite a bit.

If it were me, I'd splurge and get a new PRV and be done with it!
 
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Old 02-15-17, 10:06 PM
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Yea just get a gauge that attaches to a hose bib and if the psi is above 85 you'll probably want a prv to protect your fixtures
 
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Old 02-16-17, 03:54 AM
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Don't waste your money and time with all those parts just to check the pressure. Replace the PRV. It was there for a reason, and that purpose remains. Too simple to just buy a new one and be done with it.
 
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Old 02-17-17, 10:47 PM
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Thanks for the input. Plumbing store had one for $50... installed it, and it's working fine so far. Screwed into place... used teflon tape on the outlet threads, and great white pipe joint compound on the union side.





Now that i have that fixed, i am working on other issues in the house. Having problems with the diverter, and am trying to remove the handle. I'm not having any luck with this handle puller... cranking it very hard, but the handle wont break loose... any ideas as to what i can do to remove it?


 
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Old 02-18-17, 03:30 AM
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It looks as if your probe is too big for the screw hole. Try inserting a long stem screw into the screw hole so it will put pressure on the stem, but not booger the threads. Then use your puller tool. You need space between the tool and the handle for it to pop out. As it is, now, you are just pushing the handle and pulling it at the same time.
 
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Old 02-18-17, 09:25 AM
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You were right. I put a long screw into the hole, and the puller pulled it right off. Thanks!!
 
 

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