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Old 05-07-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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Water Meter Washer - fiber vs rubber!


I was recently told that all new domestic water meters require a rubber washer at pipe coupling instead of a fiber washer. Is this correct? What was wrong with fiber washer - any regulations against using them?

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Occasionally when I call the water company to turn off the service I ask for extra gaskets. They always give me rubber.

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Why not just use the rubber washer and be done with it?

Somehow I never understood how fiber washers could last a long time. Fiber does not have much compressibility to conform to the pipe joint and achieve a good seal. It appears to me that fiber washers work in the first place by becoming soaked with water and swelling as a result. But then the water soaked fiber starts to rot.

Meanwhile rubber has much compressibility and is also nonporous.
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I always keep a few in the trucks always rubber we also get them from the water company. i would guess fiber should be ok ????
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its like everything else times are changing they used fiber ..now they use rubber.....imo rubber is better...why because it dosen't get water logged..ben sr
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