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Old 04-30-2009, 12:08 AM   #21
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Update:

I cranked her up, and up, and UP! MAX POWER!!!!!! *evil laugh*

And... not much, "we think" it could be a little higher pressure, but not that noticeable of a difference. Not when it says it goes up to 75 psi and we have a confirmed 40psi output....

I followed the lines, every single line and noticed nothing but standard copper pipe. The only wall between the outside world my house is a simple ball valve for main shut off and that pressure control valve.

So does this mean I need to replace it with a new one?

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Old 04-30-2009, 12:57 AM   #22
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Ok, just to confirm , you turned the PRV screw clockwise? And you have a pressure guage to test?

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Old 04-30-2009, 01:22 AM   #23
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Yep clockwise, it bottomed out. And no tester I had the water company test my output prior to messing with it. I figured cranking on it should make a difference to the naked eye, but just in case I timed the fill of a measuring vessel before and after the adjustments. I "think" I am filling up maybe 1 second faster but it could be wishful thinking and bad note taking.

Wouldn't you think 40 - 75 psi would make a noticeable difference?

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Well when mine was going out, we could only use one shower at at at time, or the water would just drip. The pipes were banging alot too. You can look up your model, the guts of the PRV should be replaceable by buying a kit. You might want to take some pressure readings just to make sure its definatley not working.

Just curious, how did all this start. Did you ever have good pressure and now you don't.

If you're gonna DIY it, replacing the guts is a good way to go. If you're gonna have someone do it, I suggest replacing the whole PRV. I paid $150 to have it dug up and replaced.

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