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    I was wondering if I can do anything about increasing my water pressure. I have city water and I experience pretty low pressure in the evening(5-9). Mornings arent bad. So im guessing its from everyone using the water at that time. I have all PVC/CPVC piping thru my house which is on piers. I was wondering if anyone had experience with this that could give me some advice. Thanks a bunch.

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    booster pump

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    OK. Do I need to get one that only turns on when i open a valve? Is there a certain pressure not to go over with PVC/CPVC piping?

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    The booster pumps designed for this act like a well pump. They have a small pressure tank that the pump fills with water - that water compresses a bladder, and when the pressure reaches the desired set point, the pump turns off automatically. So, if you're only using a little water, the pump doesn't have to run. For extended runs, you'd exhaust the small storage tank, and then the pump would run continuously to provide the set pressure. This Olde House installed one, and you might be able to watch that episode from their archives to give you an idea of what it looks like and how it operates.
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    AY MCDonald has a "real time" booster, which does turn on when flow starts. They cost qute a bit more than a small package pump system, but are more compact, however.
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    I watched the vid Jim. Thanks

    Is this the one HJ? http://www.aquascience.net/booster-p...ex.cfm?id=1393

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