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original 04-21-2010 02:59 PM

What is this that came out of my supply line???
 
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For years I have had low water pressure. For some time, it was only on the hot side (across all faucets, tubs). Recently it moved to the cold side and the hot side was fine. Then the low pressure problem started moving from sink to sink. Finally I got fed up and cut the pipes in my basement, went upstairs and shot compressed air at about 60PSI through the pipes. Sure enough THIS THING in the picture below shot out of the pipe. It is small enough to make the 90 degree turns on the 3/4 pipe, but it was too big to make the turns where the diamater was reduced to 1/2. Thus, it was getting stuck on on the upper floors (and for a while on the cold side/hot water inlet).
My theory is that it came in through the main supply line from the water treatment facility. If so, I want to send them the bill. I've done a lot of construction and plumbing but I have never seen an object like this. Can someone please identify it?
Thanks,
David

Akpsdvan 04-21-2010 03:03 PM

Looks like some kind of game part,,, was some ones kid playing on site the day your place was built?

plumberinlaw 04-21-2010 03:05 PM

Dradle?

fabrk8r 04-21-2010 03:44 PM

I'm with Akpsdvan, first thought was a game piece. What material is it made from, plastic?

Yoyizit 04-21-2010 04:55 PM

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Originally Posted by original (Post 431592)
Can someone please identify it?

The reproductive system of a small, male animal? :laughing:

boman47k 04-21-2010 05:17 PM

You got me. I have never come across anything like that in pipes. Since someone mentioed the possibility of a kid playing on site when the house was built, I wish you luck getting compansated by the city. I bet they can come with more ways it could have gotten there.
I would thing there is now ay of telling how it got there, unless it was a game piece and someone at the treatment facility was known to play that game. This or similiar situation to make a connection, if it even came from the city.

HooKooDooKu 04-21-2010 05:28 PM

There's the possibility that it's something that was simply inside the pipe just before the plumber installed it. It could have been anything from something that was in the pipe before it was delivered on site, or the pipe might have gotten on site, and some neiborhood children around at the time was checking out the house under construction and accidently (or on purpose) got this thing in the pipe before the plumber installed it.

Jim F 04-21-2010 05:33 PM

I'm going wioth game piece as well. Look up vintage Milton Bradley games on ebay. You grab the little stem and move the piece around the board. Not sure which one but it looks very familiar. If your water Co. is like mine they will probably laugh at you for suggesting they pay.

original 04-21-2010 06:29 PM

It is definitely not a game piece. It was made for some mechanical purpose. Some ineresting characteristics:

1. it floats
2. it is blue (univeral color for cold)
3. it is the EXACT same diameter as the ID of a 1/2 pipe

One person suggested that it is a "stop check" stem or a "check valve" stem. So far, that seems to be the best lead. I noticed a small "16" or possibly "91" if you flip it, stamped on the side. I really want to know if it came from my water heater or from the water treatment facility.

tpolk 04-21-2010 06:30 PM

i think its a weeble, does it wobble?

Scuba_Dave 04-21-2010 06:31 PM

Yeah, you would have to prove that it came from the water supply & not from your house

Alan 04-21-2010 10:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 431680)
Yeah, you would have to prove that it came from the water supply & not from your house

X2

It looks like pegity to me. :laughing:

fabrk8r 04-22-2010 10:16 AM

I think whoever suggested a water heater check valve is correct.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...heck_Valve.jpg

This is an example...not an exact match, but very similar. How old is your water heater?

Snav 04-22-2010 12:28 PM

Interesting.

How would it have gone from your hot line to your cold line? Small enough to fit through a faucet fitting and somehow traverse from hot to cold lines? I struggle to see how, though, it would cross over and then re-enter the pipe.

original 04-22-2010 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Snav (Post 431987)
Interesting.

How would it have gone from your hot line to your cold line? Small enough to fit through a faucet fitting and somehow traverse from hot to cold lines? I struggle to see how, though, it would cross over and then re-enter the pipe.


The cold line is connected to the water heater (cold water supply line). The check valve is supposed to keep water from going the other direction.

It was blocking the water coming into the hot water heater (i.e. it did not make it past a ball valve that controls cold flow into the water heater). When I releived the pressure, it floated up the line and continued on the cold side, but stopped when the pipe was reduced from 3/4 to 1/2.

Hope that explains it. I'd still like to find or see a picture of the same part.


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