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Old November 23rd 05, 10:51 PM posted to misc.consumers.house
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Try to determine if the house has a pressure reducing valve
on the water service. If so, it could be acting up...sticking.
Might look like:
http://www.cashacme.com/pressregeb5.html
Jim

John Smith wrote:

Jim,

I'm not certain about _all_ faucets, but definitely at least a few different
ones. I think it's happening with both hot and cold but I'll be sure to pay
more attention the next time it does it to make sure. As for the duration,
I'd say that it lasts about 30-60 seconds each time, then stops for a while
and eventually happens again.

"Speedy Jim" wrote in message
...

John Smith wrote:


We've been in our house for about 8 years and in the past week or so have
noticed water sometimes pulsating when it comes out of the faucets. Any
idea what could be causing this or suggestions for fixing it? Any help
would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

P.S. I've looked for other posts, but the closest thing I could find
related to people who get their water from wells, but we don't have a
well; we're on "city" water.


ALL faucets? Hot and Cold? How long does the pulsation last?

Jim




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Old November 24th 05, 01:01 AM posted to misc.consumers.house
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We've been in our house for about 8 years and in the past week or so have
noticed water sometimes pulsating when it comes out of the faucets. Any idea
what could be causing this or suggestions for fixing it? Any help would be
greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

P.S. I've looked for other posts, but the closest thing I could find related
to people who get their water from wells, but we don't have a well; we're on
"city" water.


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Old November 24th 05, 01:29 AM posted to misc.consumers.house
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John Smith wrote:

We've been in our house for about 8 years and in the past week or so have
noticed water sometimes pulsating when it comes out of the faucets. Any idea
what could be causing this or suggestions for fixing it? Any help would be
greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

P.S. I've looked for other posts, but the closest thing I could find related
to people who get their water from wells, but we don't have a well; we're on
"city" water.



ALL faucets? Hot and Cold? How long does the pulsation last?

Jim
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Old November 24th 05, 01:35 AM posted to misc.consumers.house
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Jim,

I'm not certain about _all_ faucets, but definitely at least a few different
ones. I think it's happening with both hot and cold but I'll be sure to pay
more attention the next time it does it to make sure. As for the duration,
I'd say that it lasts about 30-60 seconds each time, then stops for a while
and eventually happens again.

"Speedy Jim" wrote in message
...
John Smith wrote:

We've been in our house for about 8 years and in the past week or so have
noticed water sometimes pulsating when it comes out of the faucets. Any
idea what could be causing this or suggestions for fixing it? Any help
would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

P.S. I've looked for other posts, but the closest thing I could find
related to people who get their water from wells, but we don't have a
well; we're on "city" water.


ALL faucets? Hot and Cold? How long does the pulsation last?

Jim



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Old November 24th 05, 07:40 PM posted to misc.consumers.house
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Thanks, Jim. Where would I find it (the pressure reducing value)? Would it
be outside somewhere near the shutoff valve?

Incidentally, I did pay more attention the last time, and it's definitely
only the _cold_ water that pulsates.

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!

"Speedy Jim" wrote in message
. ..
Try to determine if the house has a pressure reducing valve
on the water service. If so, it could be acting up...sticking.
Might look like:
http://www.cashacme.com/pressregeb5.html
Jim

John Smith wrote:

Jim,

I'm not certain about _all_ faucets, but definitely at least a few
different ones. I think it's happening with both hot and cold but I'll be
sure to pay more attention the next time it does it to make sure. As for
the duration, I'd say that it lasts about 30-60 seconds each time, then
stops for a while and eventually happens again.

"Speedy Jim" wrote in message
...

John Smith wrote:


We've been in our house for about 8 years and in the past week or so
have noticed water sometimes pulsating when it comes out of the faucets.
Any idea what could be causing this or suggestions for fixing it? Any
help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

P.S. I've looked for other posts, but the closest thing I could find
related to people who get their water from wells, but we don't have a
well; we're on "city" water.

ALL faucets? Hot and Cold? How long does the pulsation last?

Jim




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Old November 25th 05, 02:38 AM posted to misc.consumers.house
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John Smith wrote:
Thanks, Jim. Where would I find it (the pressure reducing value)? Would it
be outside somewhere near the shutoff valve?

Incidentally, I did pay more attention the last time, and it's definitely
only the _cold_ water that pulsates.

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!


Hmmmmmm. If it were related to the PRV, I would expect both
Hot and Cold to be affected. The PRV would normally be near where the
service comes in to the house, or by the meter.

If the faucet mainly affected is a kitchen one which has
a spray wand, then the "diverter" valve (part of the faucet)
is a candidate.

If *all* faucets are affected, possible it is pressure
buildup in the water heater from expansion during heating.
The pressure will bleed off the first time water is used
after a heating cycle.
Jim


"Speedy Jim" wrote in message
. ..

Try to determine if the house has a pressure reducing valve
on the water service. If so, it could be acting up...sticking.
Might look like:
http://www.cashacme.com/pressregeb5.html
Jim

John Smith wrote:


Jim,

I'm not certain about _all_ faucets, but definitely at least a few
different ones. I think it's happening with both hot and cold but I'll be
sure to pay more attention the next time it does it to make sure. As for
the duration, I'd say that it lasts about 30-60 seconds each time, then
stops for a while and eventually happens again.

"Speedy Jim" wrote in message
. net...


John Smith wrote:



We've been in our house for about 8 years and in the past week or so
have noticed water sometimes pulsating when it comes out of the faucets.
Any idea what could be causing this or suggestions for fixing it? Any
help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

P.S. I've looked for other posts, but the closest thing I could find
related to people who get their water from wells, but we don't have a
well; we're on "city" water.

ALL faucets? Hot and Cold? How long does the pulsation last?

Jim



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Old November 25th 05, 02:42 PM posted to misc.consumers.house
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"John Smith" wrote in message
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We've been in our house for about 8 years and in the past week or so have
noticed water sometimes pulsating when it comes out of the faucets. Any
idea what could be causing this or suggestions for fixing it? Any help
would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

P.S. I've looked for other posts, but the closest thing I could find
related to people who get their water from wells, but we don't have a
well; we're on "city" water.


An instance of pulsating water that I had experienced once was due to a
washer coming loose inside a faucet. When the faucet was turned on, the
washer bounced up and down on the shaft of the loose washer screw. Since
you say it involves all of the faucets, you might look at your main or
branch shut-off valves. See if operating the valves makes a difference.

However, the problem could still be in just one faucet. If the culprit is
on and pulsating, then the flow from other faucets that are on the same
system and on at the same time could be affected.

A fix is simple. Take the faucet or valve apart and tighten the washer
screw -- might as well install a new washer while you're at it.

TKM


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Old December 5th 05, 02:13 AM posted to misc.consumers.house
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"Speedy Jim" wrote in message
...
John Smith wrote:
Thanks, Jim. Where would I find it (the pressure reducing value)? Would
it be outside somewhere near the shutoff valve?

Incidentally, I did pay more attention the last time, and it's definitely
only the _cold_ water that pulsates.

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!


Hmmmmmm. If it were related to the PRV, I would expect both
Hot and Cold to be affected. The PRV would normally be near where the
service comes in to the house, or by the meter.

If the faucet mainly affected is a kitchen one which has
a spray wand, then the "diverter" valve (part of the faucet)
is a candidate.

If *all* faucets are affected, possible it is pressure
buildup in the water heater from expansion during heating.
The pressure will bleed off the first time water is used
after a heating cycle.
Jim


"Speedy Jim" wrote in message
. ..

Try to determine if the house has a pressure reducing valve
on the water service. If so, it could be acting up...sticking.
Might look like:
http://www.cashacme.com/pressregeb5.html
Jim

John Smith wrote:


Jim,

I'm not certain about _all_ faucets, but definitely at least a few
different ones. I think it's happening with both hot and cold but I'll
be sure to pay more attention the next time it does it to make sure. As
for the duration, I'd say that it lasts about 30-60 seconds each time,
then stops for a while and eventually happens again.

"Speedy Jim" wrote in message
.net...


John Smith wrote:



We've been in our house for about 8 years and in the past week or so
have noticed water sometimes pulsating when it comes out of the
faucets. Any idea what could be causing this or suggestions for fixing
it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

P.S. I've looked for other posts, but the closest thing I could find
related to people who get their water from wells, but we don't have a
well; we're on "city" water.

ALL faucets? Hot and Cold? How long does the pulsation last?

Jim




Jim,

Thanks again for the information. I just wanted to follow up and mention
what the problem turned out to be in the hope that this information may be
useful to someone else in the future. I may not get the terminology correct,
but basically here's what happened: my wife called a local plumber who told
her that it was normally due to one of the water lines running more or less
continuously which could cause some type of build-up (pressure or air?) in
the entire system that would bleed off when the cold water is turned on.
Sure enough, we had a toilet with a refill valve that never shut off
completely and when I replaced the float in that tank the problem went away.
Needless to say, I'm very grateful to the plumber who was willing to
diagnose the problem over the phone, allowing me to fix it for a mere $5 and
a trip to Home Depot.


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Old December 5th 05, 05:08 PM posted to misc.consumers.house
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In article XmNkf.7363$5V1.6306@trnddc02,
John Smith wrote:

Sure enough, we had a toilet with a refill valve that never shut off
completely and when I replaced the float in that tank the problem went away.
Needless to say, I'm very grateful to the plumber who was willing to
diagnose the problem over the phone, allowing me to fix it for a mere $5 and
a trip to Home Depot.


Glad it was so simple to fix. May I suggest that if you haven't already
done so, call the plumber back and thank him.

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