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Old 04-27-2009, 05:16 PM   #11
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Well, since you have a lawn irrigation system I'd wager that the pressure to the meter is decent. IIRC, irrigation systems meed between 30-40psi to function properly and are damaged by pressures above 60psi so, I suspect you may have a pressure reducer that is outta whack. Perhaps this bell thing is a non-adjustable (if that exists) or the system is packed with scale already. Unlikley but possible.

I had a 3 year old water heater with crap heating efficiency. Replaced it and opened it up to find a 12" thick layer of the white (calcium) sediment packed like a rock into the bottom.

Now, I make sure to flush the heater annually before it has a chance to pack in. I am still surprised each year at how much comes out.

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Old 04-27-2009, 07:07 PM   #12
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Where would the pressure reducer be located?

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Old 04-29-2009, 04:10 PM   #13
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Update, the water company stopped by today and checked my pressure. They left a note that said the following,

PSI at home - 40 PSI
Main- 90 - 100 PSI
If the pressure inside your house has changed I suggest checking your PRV Pressure reducing valve. Thanks

So, its 90-100 PSI coming "into" my house from the main, so I should have "90-100" available at the PRV valve?

I guess they checked my outside faucet, and got 40PSI, so somethings wrong right?

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Old 04-29-2009, 05:21 PM   #14
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Make sure you know what your Pressure reducer valve looks like vs your backflow valve. Make sure you know which way your pressure reducer turns to increase pressure (often it turns like a CO2 regulator)

pressure reducer valve - Google Image Search

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Old 04-29-2009, 05:24 PM   #15
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And also, make sure you aren't over powering your sprinkler system by upping the system pressure.

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The above link is what I was messing with, I was "un-screwing it" to try and increase pressure. So you guys think it needs to be actually tightened to increase it? Maybe that is what I was doing wrong. Besides a tag showing the range, it didn't say which way to turn it.

All my sprinkler heads will be turning into missiles! lol

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dont forget that PRV valve works just like a CO2 regulator. Clockwise =increases pressure, counter clockwise reduces pressure. Maybe you went the wrong way. Do small adjustments , since you have an irrigation system you dont want to open her up all the way.

You can also buy a pressure gauge at lowes etc. To measure it yourself. Fairly cheap.

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Yep I was turning it to "unscrew" it after I did it a few revolutions and noticed no change I put it back where it was. I never tried to "tighten" so hopefully I can do that tonight and be done with it. Obviously it was set on its lowest setting if unscrewing didn't make it worse. Hopefully its not broke! Thanks for the help!

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Yep I was turning it to "unscrew" it after I did it a few revolutions and noticed no change I put it back where it was. I never tried to "tighten" so hopefully I can do that tonight and be done with it. Obviously it was set on its lowest setting if unscrewing didn't make it worse. Hopefully its not broke! Thanks for the help!

There's probably nothing wrong with it. They do go out and sometimes debris get stuck in them. When they go out you'll have a slew of symptoms like low water pressure, high water pressure , maybe even some pipe chattering. I bet its fine , just turn her clockwise maybe 1 full turn, you should notice a difference.
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Will do Jesse thanks for the help!

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