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Old 10-15-2017, 09:04 PM   #16
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My plan tomorrow is to buy a pressure gauge and put it on the outdoor faucet that is the closest faucet to the pressure regulator. I will turn on another sink and adjust the regulator to see if I can get more pressure to my shower.

The other water sources like the sinks downstairs have lost some pressure, but it is deal-able. The shower is almost un-useable.

To me the install looks suspect. The Poly pipe that comes in is 1", it looks like it is stepped down to 3/4 pex, all the joiners in the pex look to have an even smaller diameter, maybe 1/2 inch. This goes into the 3/4 copper throughout the home.

Are the narrow connectors of the pex in the entry line creating a bottleneck in my water trunk line?
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Between down stairs pressure at the sink and upper level at the shower there will be about 4-5 pounds less pressure at the shower head because of elevation difference but that would be inconsequential in the 60-70 lb. range. With the shower being nearly un-usable I'm betting a debris problem, but if I loose that bet it wouldn't be the first.
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The neck down of the piping should not have happened. It won't affect "pressure", as it will be constant. You will get a good pressure reading. You will lose in "volume", which IMO is your problem. It should have been 3/4" throughout up until it turned up to the appliance using the water, then 1/2". Was this a recent install? If so, I would have the installer correct it showing him the error of his ways.
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There's no reason to have water savers if the pressure keeps getting turned up.
Why take a chance with too high of water pressure.?


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Just an update, the pressure regulator was clogged. The plumber did not suggest I drain the line before turning it on. They fixed it for free with the promise I use them for my next project which I did.
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Plumbers that will stay until the job is completed and correct are difficult to find. You must have hired the last plumber I fired.
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Plumbers that will stay until the job is completed and correct are difficult to find. You must have hired the last plumber I fired.
Not only that, using him saved me on the next project saved me thousands. I had a bid for plumbing a bathroom addition that came in at $4250 for what was estimated as one days work. I negotiated with this company to send just one plumber at an hourly rate with me as the "apprentice". We finished the rough plumbing in one day at around $1300 including supplies which I put on my account. In the process I learned to do the PEX thing and am confident in doing all the finish plumbing and rough plumbing on the next bathroom I will be adding.
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