Pressure Reducing Valve really necessary?

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People here have mentioned valid reasons that a PRV makes sense. You seem to be asking for someone to convince you - that is not the function of a newsgroup. It's an exchange of ideas - whether you choose to accept the advice and experience of other is up to you.
The plumber you originally spoke to has some issues that would tend to throw his conclusion into question - that does not mean he was offering bad advice, nor offering a good price. Have you picked up a phone to get another opinion or are you still trying to solve this theoretically?
Here's Watts page on PRVs to get you started on some research of your own: http://www.watts.com/pro/divisions/watersafety_flowcontrol/learnabout/learnabout_wprv.asp Please note the part about reduced water consumption and cost savings.
You should also take a look at how you are quoting people in your replies. A little tweaking needs to be done. You are not providing an attribution to the quoted commentary which makes it difficult for people to follow who said what. Top posting just adds to the problem.
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I don't think it matters how long the needle stays there. I'd be putting in a pressure reducer. High pressure is going to be hard on a lot of things, such as toilet valves, etc. Coming home or getting up to find a wet floor is not pleasant.
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