I've got a 60-year old house with a water hammer problem. The hammer
is particularly noticeable with the cold water line and the two
toilets (might be with the dishwasher hot water line too, but I
haven't noticed this). The water pressure also seems high. I realize
the long-term solution is to replace the pressure regulator, but due
to its location this will be a nasty several-day project (previous
owners finished the basement and drywalled over it).
I'm wondering if I could address it in the meanwhile with some water
hammer arresters? Can I just sweat them into some exposed copper lines
I have? How many do I need to put in? Does one hot and one cold do it,
or do I need to scatter them around? The house is plumbed with copper,
but the way it's been done it's a hassle to get at the toilet
Some people have also suggested an expansion tank. Is that a solution?
How do they work?
Finally, I could also probably put in a couple of 5-foot air columns
in the utility room. I realize they gradually fill with water, but
maybe if I put a stop-cock on the bottom I could drain them from time
Thanks in advance - Any advice is appreciated.