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Old 10-12-2011, 06:58 PM   #1
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My water pressure is reading 100+ PSI, so I know my pressure regulator is bad. All my neighbors have had the same issue and it's been the regulator.

I bought the exact replacement regular at Lowes, and now I'm trying to remove the existing one and am having issues.

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The problem fitting is the one on the right:



I can't seem to get the right fitting to spin out of the regulator. It's stuck really good. The left fitting is just fine, I got that side off no problem.

As you can see the right fitting has a good amount of pipe dope on it. I'm not sure if that stuff seizes over time or what.

Does anybody have a trick for getting this off? Is heat the key?

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Old 10-12-2011, 07:09 PM   #2
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My water pressure is reading 100+ PSI, so I know my pressure regulator is bad. All my neighbors have had the same issue and it's been the regulator.

I bought the exact replacement regular at Lowes, and now I'm trying to remove the existing one and am having issues.

Here are some pictures:

The problem fitting is the one on the right:

I can't seem to get the right fitting to spin out of the regulator. It's stuck really good. The left fitting is just fine, I got that side off no problem.

As you can see the right fitting has a good amount of pipe dope on it. I'm not sure if that stuff seizes over time or what.

Does anybody have a trick for getting this off? Is heat the key?
Use 2 wrenches one one the packing nut in the direction like your going to tighten the nut and the other wrench on the feed valve going the other way the hole idea is the pressor and tork to get it off.

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Use 2 wrenches one one the packing nut in the direction like your going to tighten the nut and the other wrench on the feed valve going the other way the hole idea is the pressor and tork to get it off.

I'm confused. What is the packing nut? Is that the big nut on the side of the meter? The one with the copper thread attached to it?

If so, if I hold that nut with a wrench the copper pipe that goes into it from the regulator WILL spin, but it doesn't seem to be threaded since when I spin the regulator counter-clockwise it just seems to spin.

I thought that my best bet was to try to spin the pipe out that is going into the regulator on that side, but it is very stuck.
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The large nut threads onto the meter. You need to unthread it from the meter so that you can remove the meter tailpiece from the old regulator and install it in the new regulator.

It has a rubber gasket, so it should come off easily.
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The large nut threads onto the meter. You need to unthread it from the meter so that you can remove the meter tailpiece from the old regulator and install it in the new regulator.

It has a rubber gasket, so it should come off easily.
Ok, that seems to make sense. Although, what do I do about the copper braided wire that is hooked to the nut? The nut won't spin all the way around if it's still attached. Cut it? What's the point of it?
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Ok, that seems to make sense. Although, what do I do about the copper braided wire that is hooked to the nut? The nut won't spin all the way around if it's still attached. Cut it? What's the point of it?
? I'm not shore what the green wire os for the feed valve doest require I wire is is for some thing else
Maybe a wider angle picture will work we can tell you what the wire is for.
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? I'm not shore what the green wire os for the feed valve doest require I wire is is for some thing else
Maybe a wider angle picture will work we can tell you what the wire is for.
The green wire is a ground wire, that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about the little copper braided wire that's attached to the nut on the right side in the first picture.
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Ok it's not attached to anything you can cut it.
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Ok it's not attached to anything you can cut it.
Do you have any plumbing experience? Do you even know what it is there for?
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Do you have any plumbing experience? Do you even know what it is there for?
Lol it's a chain correct loops right back to the same nut.
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The green wire is a ground wire, that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about the little copper braided wire that's attached to the nut on the right side in the first picture.
Where does it go to on the other end? Maybe it's just a tamper seal so they know if you've been screwing with your meter?



We don't have anything like that around here.
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Where does it go to on the other end? Maybe it's just a tamper seal so they know if you've been screwing with your meter?



We don't have anything like that around here.
Yeah, I think it's just a tamper seal for the meter. Probably the equivalent of the "do not remove" tag on your mattress.

I'll just cut it.

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yeah, so the way you were doing it originally is pretty much the only way to do it. If it's not coming off, i'd say you either need a bigger wrench, OR you need to call the municipality servicing the water and ask them about the tamper seal.

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yeah, so the way you were doing it originally is pretty much the only way to do it. If it's not coming off, i'd say you either need a bigger wrench, OR you need to call the municipality servicing the water and ask them about the tamper seal.

I got the whole regulator unit off now by cutting the wire and spinning off the nut. The same problem still exists though - I can't get that fitting out of the old regulator to install on the new one.

I put it in my bench vise and clamped as tight as I felt comfortable and it still spins in the vise, and the torque I'm putting to it is huge. I could try clamping tighter...

Back to my original question - does heating the fitting with a torch help? If not, any ideas if that fitting and nut are available at a hardware store?
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This is what I need:



Water meter coupler. Hopefully I can get one locally tomorrow.

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