Water Hammer

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  1. Feb 17, 2011 #1

    opsuv83

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    I have been living in my home for a year now and every time I shut off a faucet, washing machine cycles, etc. the pipes knock.

    The home is a ranch built in 1992. I have tried to drain the system to recharge the air chambers numerous times to no avail. I have installed Oatey knock arrestors in both the hot and cold water lines under the 2 bathrooms on the west end of the house and under the laundry/kitchen sink on the east end of the house... The knock is still there.

    I have gone through every pipe hanger that I can find to make sure the pipes are not loose and re attached where they were.

    I bought a water pressure gauge and tested the water pressure on the house and it is around 52 psi at rest when tested on the west side of the house near the water meter. When the washer cycles (washer is on the far east side of the house) the pressure never spikes over 60 psi.

    I'm lost here...the knock arrestors say they pretty much all come with a 60 psi charge in them. Does this mean that they will do nothing until the pressure spikes over 60psi?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for reading!
     
  2. Feb 17, 2011 #2

    Mr_David

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    Sometimes you have to actually cut open a wall or two to get to that pesky loose pipe. It's that quick closing auto washer solenoid valves and single handle valves that also contribute to the hammer.2 handle valves that you turn off instead of push off like a Moen are easier on the hammer effect.
    You could replumb the house but that could be very expensive.
     
  3. Feb 19, 2011 #3

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    Hey Monk did you read any of the OP's comments? Seems like all you did was suggest things like water hammer arrestors, job made arrestors, etc.. that he already has or has tried.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2011 #4

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    Someone else reading this would think "What the hell are you talking about" but I saw the post you speak of and thought what you said but just let it go and moved on. The Modes must have deleted it.:confused:
     
  5. Feb 20, 2011 #5

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    No, Monk deleted it himself.
     

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