# How large a copper water line for 150' run to a guest house? Pressure regulator?

• posted on June 2, 2004, 2:32 pm
My water pressure is 80 psi at the 1.5" line service entrance to the main house.
I want to run a branch line 150' to the guest house which has clothes washer, kitchen sink, bathroom, exterior hose bib. What size copper pipe should I use for this 150' run for good results?
What is a good brand of pressure regulator? I want to reduce the pressure to 50 lbs at the guest house entrance.
Thanks for any information.
Ted in So. Calif.
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• posted on June 2, 2004, 3:43 pm
John Brown wrote:

I would think that 3/4" should handle it. However, I strongly suggest you check the local authorities before beginning as they may have specifications for this.
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• posted on June 2, 2004, 5:18 pm

You wont reduce the available pressure by using a smaller pipe, you will only reduce the available flow volume in Gallons per minute.
Static pressure will be at the 80 psi from the time you turn on the faucet until the flow reaches a constant volume, dependant on pipe friction loss and supply pressure--then and only then will it drop to a lower pressure at the other end.
IOW, you will turn on the faucet and get a big spurt at 80 psi for a few seconds, and then it will equalize at a lower pressure and flow.
To reduce pressure you would put a pressure regulator on the line, suggest at the end of the run.
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• posted on June 2, 2004, 5:32 pm
Rule of thumb pressure drops, PVC pipe (psi/100 ft): 1/2 3/4 1"                         3 gpm 8.6 2.2 0.7 5 gpm 22.2 5.7 1.7 10 gpm 80.5 20.4 6.3
Copper pipe will be about 0.2 to 0.5 psi/100 ft more loss.
You could get by with 3/4" but I'd favor 1"
RB
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• posted on June 2, 2004, 5:32 pm

I would use 1 inch pipe and probably pvc schedule 40. I would not reduce the pressure by mechanical means unless your going to be using CPVC inside. The pressure and volume will be enough reduced by adding the 150' of pipe into the system.
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• posted on June 4, 2004, 12:54 am
hear in the us we or i should say most would use black pollyelean ken uhrick
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