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Old 01-05-2013, 06:13 PM   #31
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Oh the plyers was from my previous attempts at getting it to work. I thought I had to keep going till I no longer see thread. This time I only hand tightened it and then used pliers to go a quarter or so turn.

I tried to find the shark bite but it had a threaded end (like a water heater would have, not a hose) and I could not find the other part that would be needed to go from the 1/2 pex.

I'll monitor this for now and see how it goes. I was even brave enough to turn the valve all the way, normally I could only get away with opening it a slight touch. If it still leaks after this I'll have to go to another hardware store and see if they have something else I can try.

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Old 01-05-2013, 06:31 PM   #32
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Actually, it doesn't matter if the valve is open 10% or 100%. If there is no flow, the pressure will still be the same.
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With that connection I wouldn't leave the house with the valve turned on more than a trickle.
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So it's not good then? Do I need to make it tighter?

So what *IS* the proper way to go from 1/2 to 1/4? I found barely nothing at the hardware store. The closest thing was that shark bite but I could not find a threaded end to go with it as it was a 1/2 thread and 1/4 shark bite. Seems this should be something trivial.
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Just an opinion, I don't think Utilities Companies would operate their water pressure mains at that hi of pressure because it would cause wear and tear on their equipment and the system throughout the town. I would start by buying a gage that attachés to the hose connection on your house and go from there.
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The water pressure in most areas is purely a function of the height of the water tower. You get about 5 PSI of water pressure for every 10' of height. If you have a 50' water tower, then your going to have 'around' 25 PSI at the base. Then, depending on your elevation relative to the tower, it will most likely be higher. You will get minor changes in pressure do to flow losses....but if nothing is flowing, the pressure will be at it's max.

Personally, I've never seen anything over about 95 PSI.
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We don't have towers that provide city water, pumps are used. However we do have water towers in some places for emergency fire water.
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Ours is around 127ft according to this site:

http://www.eureka4you.com/wtower-on-t/Timmins.htm

Found that at random, not sure how accurate it really is.

I have not been able to find a gauge to test though but did find this on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Industrial-W...item2a1774a154

Is that a connector that can be converted to 1/2 inch copper or pex in any way? Never heard of that type of connector before. There was one at home depot that only went to 100psi and I think it may of had that same connector but it was labelled as being for water pump applications.
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Home Depot has one that just hooks up to the outside spigot that will give you the pressure. I think it goes up to 100 lbs. Not totally sure of the 100 LBS.

I think I seen them near the water heaters, memory not what it used to be.

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