Before I get too many descriptions of a water hammer,,, I'm a
firefighter, so I know allll about water hammers. And, I am aware of
the 'water hammer arrester'. I have one.
This is a little different story. When I bought this house 5 years
ago, all 6 valves would bang when closing. As you can imagine it drove
me crazy. I called Rain Bird, with zero luck.
Finally I thought that I would just dig up the old valves and replace
them, and as I got ready, I realized that it is just the guts that need
changing, so I replaced the old diaphram with new ones. It worked!
Absolutely blew me away, but I was so pleased that I didn't question
About two years later I started getting the banging again, but this
time, I found a supply place that sold diaphram kits.
Now I am starting to ask questions. I still have one valve (the last
one in line) that bangs when closing if it doesn't get a new kit every
Why would this be necessary? I went 16 years in my old house with the
same valves and I never changed the diaphrams. It is a simple fix, but
it shouldn't happen this often.
I have two adjusting valves (screws) on top. One lets me turn the
system on to test it, but for the life of me I don't know what the
other one does. I'm not talking about the large manual valve at the
top. These are both smaller.
Actually, that was a problem that I dealt with, with a pressure
I don't remember what it is set at now, but it is what the Rain Bird
It was 105.
Thanks for your thoughts Bill.
105 what? Not PSI..??
The expansion tank is like on your hot water heater. Small tank, about 1 or
2 gallons in size. Has a bladder inside with air in it to prevent an
expansion problem on hot water tanks, and it helps well pumps with less on,
off cycling. Absorbs the water pressure differential.
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