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any plumbers? watts valve

Looking for some info on pressure readings with a watts valve
I've been tracking down what sounds like a vibrating pipe when a faucet is turned on
There is a pressure guage on the water line after the watts valve, but not before
I checked the guage this morning and it was up to 130 after the valve
Turn on a faucet it goes to 60, where it should be, shut it off and it climbs back up
I adjusted the nut to reduce pressure, but that only lowered the psi with having an open tap
Am I correct thinking the unit is bad for allowing too much psi to build?


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I am a plumber, if you haven't fixed this by now, which I bet you have. With out knowing all the scenarios and the way the place is plumbed it would be hard to say for sure. If you are on a well with a pump it could be that the pressure switch is fubar. It very well could be the pressure hose going to the switch. It could also be as simple as a faulty gauge. The vibrating pipe you talk about is called water hammer. Does it do this when ever water is running or just a certain fixture?
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It did end up being the pressure valve. ( city water , only happened with main floor faucets)

I did suspect the gauge may be wrong, so I bought a new one that had an adapter to hook up to the utility sink. sure enough it was reading 125 psi.

ended up having a wilkins brand , but the watts lowes carries fit right in no problem. no more noise , and psi is right at 65. I took apart the old piece , and didn't find anything visibly wrong , a lot of rust though.


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Glad you got it fixed. Over time they just wear out.

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Im just relieved a pipe didn't break


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