Pressure regulators die on a regular basis.

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Homeownerinburb, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. Homeownerinburb

    Homeownerinburb New Member

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    Guys,

    My municipal water pressure comes at me at 150psi, how they keep the pipes under the streets whole, I don't know. But I assume the Fire Captain is happy.

    I've been in this house 12 years and I have replaced many pressure regulators. Some years back I rebuilt all the manifold coming at the house with two ball valves and behind those are two 3/4" Wilkins pressure regulators that I can just drop out by backing off the two unions.

    One protects the house, the other protects all the sprinklers, I have a lot of sprinkler valves. One split in half the other day and was weeping. I put the pressure gauge on and the pressure was at 150 lbs, of course.

    So off to the store for a new regulator. The damned things cost more than $70.

    Is it practical to rebuild them? Where do I find the kits for CHEAP?

    And I suppose there is nothing I can do about them croaking under the 150 lbs from the city, can I?
  2. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Prv

    Wilkins is NOT my first recommendation for a PRV. I prefer Honeywell/Braukman. They last longer and are much easier to repair.
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