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Thread: Optimal PSI for house water

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    How old is the plumbing in your house? And what type of potable piping is it?

    As long as the piping system is fairly good, I shoot for a setting of 75PSI. If you piping is old and you don't want to risk problems, you should probably stick with a nice and safe setting of 50PSI.

    If it were me, I wouldn't have gone with the installation of the pressure gauge; it's something you will never look at again and it's just another likely leak point in the future...a risk that's not worth taking since external pressure valves that hook up to a hose bib connection are so readily available. But that's just my opinion. Congrats on the replacement of your PRV!
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    The plumbing is by no means new. I plan on going with 50 PSI, possibly 60. It is a mix of copper and brass (depending on which line). Eventualy I would like to rerun all of it, but I just don't have the time at present.

    I plan on replacing the gage with a cap after I'm done adjusting the preasure.

    from your answer I take it you wouldn't worry about the fact that it came set wrong? My leaning is not to care, but I'm nervouse for some reason.

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    Nah, I wouldn't worry at all about what the morons at the factory set your valve at. It's just an initial setting anyways...the thing was made to be adjustable! I would verify the working range of your valve before you do anything though.
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    the manfufactorer claims its 25 to 75. i'll move it up to 50.

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    I like the idea of having a pressure gauge readily accessible. When I put in my expansion tank, I also put in a boiler drain just for the purpose of screwing a pressure gauge to the hose threads. No problem with leaking - I just close the boiler valve when I'm not actually checking the pressure.

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