Pressure reducer valve

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Old 05-01-01, 07:18 PM
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We had a leak about a foot in from the main water shut-off at what we think is called the pressure reducer valve: A plastic cover on the left hand end of a piece of copper pipe shaped like a "t". Our plumber (a friend of ours) fixed it by taking off the "t" and replacing it with a straight piece of copper pipe...no more "t" or plastic valve cover. Is this going to cause problems in our pressure? Or more importantly, is it safe (or even "to code" not to have that "pressure reducer" on the pipe? He didn't charge us and we don't want him to feel like we're second-guessing him! Please help!
 
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Old 05-01-01, 08:16 PM
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If you don't have excess water pressure or any leaks in your house, don't worry about it.
Excess water pressure may cause a valve to leak, but it won't blow up. LOL
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Excessive pressure can also cause the pipes to start 'hammering'. Generally anything over about 55 lbs. is considered to be excessive. Spend $10 on a guage at Home Depot (100 or 150 lb) and see how much pressure you have without the PRV in place. It will screw right onto a hose bibb. Make sure no other valves are open, then turn on that hose bibb. It's just that easy to check.
 
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Old 05-02-01, 04:02 AM
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I was just being facetious, of course, but lefty is absolutely right as usual.
I should have been more helpful, too.
Here's what you need to check your water pressure, as lefty said:

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Old 05-02-01, 06:37 AM
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Mike,

You're getting good with the pictures, buddy!!

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Old 05-02-01, 12:09 PM
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Rick,
Thanks to you and Ron.
(That one is from Gene Rich Co. Products, if you don't have their plumbing product line. Most are pretty good photos.)
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