Penn box on kitchen cold water pipe?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by nothingeverworks, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. nothingeverworks

    nothingeverworks Member

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    I suppose Penn is the manufacturer. It has electrical wires. (pics below)
    Does anyone happen to know what it is or it's purpose?

    Thanks
     

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  2. Doherty Plumbing

    Doherty Plumbing Journeyman & Gas Fitter

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    I have never seen anything like that.... It looks old :D

    But it resembles what might be a solenoid valve of some kind....

    I even tried searching google but didn't find anything.

    Edit

    This may help though:

    Name: Penn Valve and Fitting Company
    Street: 2440 Maryland Road
    Willow Grove, pa 19090-1711
    Phone: (215) 657-2900
     
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  4. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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    It is a solenoid valve, they were used so the water had to be turned on to run the disposal.

    John
     
  5. nothingeverworks

    nothingeverworks Member

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    thanks. there must have been an insinkerator once upon a time.
     
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    It is a flow switch, not a solenoid, but its purpose was to insure flow while using the disposer.
     
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