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Old 03-04-2013, 12:47 AM   #1
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Hi all! We bought our house last year and our home inspector suggested we keep an eye on the pressure regulator and pressure gauge at the point where the water main comes into the house (it actually goes into the garage and then into the house).

Lately we've noticed some knocking in the pipes almost every time we start or stop the water from the faucets...sometimes it's more of a vibrating sound. After a little bit of research I think we're experiencing "water hammer". Our pressure gauge also bounces an awful lot.

Anyway, we've heard from a couple different people that a new pressure regulator and gauge should solve the problems we're having and I'm considering tackling it myself.

I'm familiar with turning on and off the water main and I've done some other minor plumbing projects at the house. I'm looked into all the parts needed and am considering using SharkBite push-fit products (regulator, gauge, fittings). I've contacted SharkBite and explained my situation and explained how I would proceed to install the new parts. The SharkBite person told me I should be able to do this myself and that my plan of attack sounded good.

Do any of you have any advice on installing a new regulator & gauge? Any advice on using the SharkBite push-fit products? It seems straightforward but thought if check here too. Thanks so much! Here's a pic of my current regulator/gauge setup where the main comes into the house. Thanks for your help!

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SharkBite fittings are for Pex

I suggest you first get an external Water Pressure Gauge to verify whether or not you have a regulator problem before you mess with the copper fittings.
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SharkBite fittings are for copper, pex, cpvc.
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Do any of you have any advice on installing a new regulator & gauge
Use real copper fittings sweated on.
Buy a new regulator and main valve.
Add two Tee fittings with gauge adapters (1/4"FPT)
Create a "manifold" assembly.

Plan to turn the water off at the street/meter for an hour or so.
City ---> Valve --> Tee/Gauge --> Regulator --> Tee/Gauge --> House

If you can't sweat fittings... learn, get help or hire it out.

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Old 03-04-2013, 10:38 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice so far.

Why deal with sweating the copper when the SharkBite parts are so easy?

Why do I need 2 gauges?

Thanks again!
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1) Why deal with sweating the copper...?
2) Why do I need 2 gauges?
1) because real pipe, real fittings and real skills are better.
2) one gauge to see pressure BEFORE you regulate it; and one after
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I'll still be using new pieces of pipe, and SharkBite fittings are real fittings. I understand and certainly appreciate the traditional methods of doing certain things, but new technology should be embraced if it has been proven to work solid.

Question: What experience do you have with SharkBite push-fit products that makes you deel they're not good enough?

Thanks again.
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I'll still be using new pieces of pipe, and SharkBite fittings are real fittings. I understand and certainly appreciate the traditional methods of doing certain things, but new technology should be embraced if it has been proven to work solid.

Question: What experience do you have with SharkBite push-fit products that makes you deel they're not good enough?

Thanks again.
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What are your standards? And what tests are you referring to? I've heard of people running into a little trouble using the SharkBite products that you crimp, but not the push-fit products. What's YOUR personal experience been with the SharkBite push-fit products? Thanks.
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My experience is limited when it comes to push on fittings. Mostly been caps or temporary piping. No plumbing shop I have worked for in the past 25 yrs. would allow them on the job. I have used Propress quite extensively- very few problems- including the 2" fittings I swore where going to fail For me it's tried and true solder joints
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Easy replacement

Turn off your water with both valves
Take the gauge out it unscrews. from the pipe
Take it up to a hardware store and get a new one
Pipe dope the threads and reinstall
Turn water back on see if over 80PSI
If not your good and are experiencing other issues.

If below 80 PSI go through house and make sure all the water lines you see are tightly secured at least every 2 joist with a tubing strap for copper
Install a hammer arrestor on your hot and cold of the washer machine. They make ones that attach directly on the hose thread.

See if problem is solved

If your over 80 LBS turn water back and call a plumber to easy for you to end up with making a worse problem.
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