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    Hi!
    I have experienced some loud ratteling in my hot water pipes lately.
    I've tried to find to solution, but nothing really seems to match my case.

    It seems to only be the hot-water pipes, which is 1/2" copper, and it only rattles when I use either the kitchen sink or the bathroom sink which is next to the kitchen.

    The ratteling is quite loud, and it starts after the hot water has been running for some time (maybe a minute or so). It doesn't happen all the time...occasionally I can run it for longer without any problems at all.
    If I turn off the hot water when the rattling starts, it normally comes back quickly after I turn on the water.
    If I don't turn off the water when the rattling starts, the water flow stops completely after a little while.

    No problems with the down stairs water, which is actually "after" the rattling in the pipe maze.
    Pipes go like this:
    1. Hot water heater
    2. Kitchen sink (rattles)
    3. Bathroom (rattles)
    4. Downstairs bath room - no problems
    5. Laundry room - no problems

    Thanks for any advice!!!

    F

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    A loose washer in a shutoff can cause it to move in the water stream causing the flow to fluctuate creating that effect. Make sure the undersink shutoffs are fully opened. If they are multiple turn valves, you might consider replacing them with 1/4-turn ball valves. It could be in the sink's faucet (rather than the shutoff) as well.
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    Usually a loose or worn out spindle will create a rattling noise (usually hot water, sometimes cold). It could be the spindle on a vavle, but I'm betting on the hot water spindle on the kitchen sink faucet.

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    Default Hot water spindle...

    Thanks for both of your suggestions.
    My task is now to figure out if there is a loose spindle...not exactly sure where to start, but removing the faucets in kitchen and bathroom sounds good.

    I might be wrong about ratteling vs. hammering...as it is pretty loud.

    Thanks again!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by froddan View Post
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    My task is now to figure out if there is a loose spindle...not exactly sure where to start,
    You cannot tell by looking at it. Remove the cartridge out of the hot water tap from the faucet that is creating the rattling.. If the stem is very loose in the bonnet (move it back and forth with your fingers) , then that part is most likely your issue

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