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Old 02-28-21, 06:27 AM
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water pressure

At what pressure point do you need a pressure reducer valve? I've lived here for 30 yrs with water pressure averaging 20-30psi. I don't know what the water company did but now I have great pressure. When I put a gauge on a hose bib this morning it showed 52psi but when I checked it later it was at 60psi and showed a spike of 70.
 
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Old 02-28-21, 06:43 AM
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Usually anything over 75 to 80 might need a PRV. If over 80 for sure.
Enjoy the new found pressure.
 
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Old 02-28-21, 06:45 AM
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thanks, it still amazes me every time I open a tap!
 
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Old 02-28-21, 01:57 PM
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Could always install a PRV and dial it down to 25psi to get it back to what you're used to. Then turn it up on special occasions like birthdays to really celebrate!
 
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Old 03-01-21, 03:48 AM
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I don't mind the extra water pressure although I'm slightly concerned about my plumbing that has never been tested at this increased pressure. I left the pressure gauge on the hose bib and will check to see how high it got overnight after the sun comes up and hopefully the rain slows down.
 
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Old 03-01-21, 05:41 AM
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The gauge is currently at 60psi and shows a spike of 80psi overnight. I guess that is borderline on needing a PRV.
 
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If I were you I would get one. Especially if you have any doubts about you pipes. Keep at about 60psi and that should serve you well.
 
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Old 03-01-21, 05:51 AM
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I'd like to keep an eye on it for a few days. My wife thinks the water company will drop the pressure back down and I sort of agree - why would the pressure have doubled/tripled overnight?

The only thing that makes replacing it today a good idea is tomorrow they're going to do more surgery on my fingers and I don't know how long that will put me out of commission.
 
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Old 03-01-21, 06:01 AM
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Well no harm if you install it. If it falls back down just open the valve all the way.
There must be a reason for the pressure increase. I bet they're updating the system. Call them and ask what's going on.
 
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Old 03-01-21, 06:15 AM
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I just got a call from the surgeon and we agreed to postpone my surgery until thursday so she can order an artificial joint to have on hand in case she needs it. So if I'm still concerned about the pressure tomorrow or wednesday I can install one then.

When did PRVs go up in price? The cheapest one Lowes has in stock is about $65
 
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Old 03-01-21, 06:24 AM
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What hasn't gone up in price?

Artificial joint? What's that all about? Is your the injury from the mishap so severe that you might need an artificial joint?
 
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Some of the cartilage is missing on my ring finger joint and that joint won't even move with manipulation. That is the finger that was almost cut completely off. My index finger joint will move with manipulation but not on it's own. She said the ligament is hung up on scar tissue and she's confident on being able to fix that. Currently I basically can only use my thumb and index finger on that hand. I need to be able to use my chainsaw, I started it the other day but didn't feel confident holding it.

I should have paid more attention while using my table saw as all of this was completely preventable!
 
 

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