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    So I get a call from a guy who says his water heaters have been blowing the relief valves and he's been trying to fix them himself for three days! I tell him he might need a new pressure reducing valve. He says he already changed it and the relief valves are still blowing off, "just come by" he says, "I'm tired of dealing with this."

    So I get there and check the PRV, (he got from Home depot) its dripping at the male adapter because he didn't use teflon tape or anything on the threads. I put a gauge on the system and it reads 100 psi, even with the drip. I look up and see that the PRV is installed BACKWARDS! Since the guy is such a cheap DIYer, I decide to reinstall the PRV correctly instead of installing one of mine, (even though mine are better quality). It turns out the 3/4" male adapter is leaking since he wrenched on it so hard, he blew the solder joint. So I sweat off the old adapter and solder on a new one, and install his piece of crap Home depot PRV, and go check my gauge....180 psi!
    So I tell him it doesn't work, it probably blew out when it was installed backwards. (or maybe its just because its junk 'made in china'.) So I get one of my pressure regulators and install it, 65 psi...problem solved.
    It took me less than an hour total time messing with it, it took him 3 DAYS to get nothing accomplished except he blew out a PRV he bought and he told me he was going to return it (even knowing he damaged it!)

    If he had called me at day one, he would have saved himself 3 days of headaches and whatever he spent on the chinese made PRV from HD, he also would have had a dry basement 3 days ago. I told him, "PLEASE, NEXT TIME CALL ME WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS AND YOU CAN SIT ON YOUR COUCH WHILE I FIX IT INSTEAD."
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  • #2
    Re: Another DIYer rescued!

    You were the lifeguard at the community pool during the summer when you were in high school weren't you?









    GOOD JOB
    ADAM

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    • #3
      Re: Another DIYer rescued!

      Good Job Carl. I explain this to DIY'ers that go over their head all the time. They end up making more money working their job or gaining free time with there friends & family. While getting it done better!

      J.C.

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      • #4
        Re: Another DIYer rescued!

        Thanks guys, I change PRVs all the time, but I never had a situation quite like the one today. I thought it would be a good story to share here.
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        • #5
          Re: Another DIYer rescued!

          Confession time.....

          I accidentally installed one in backwards once.

          J.C.

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          • #6
            Re: Another DIYer rescued!

            Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
            Confession time.....

            I accidentally installed one in backwards once.

            J.C.
            Next time call me.
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            • #7
              Re: Another DIYer rescued!

              How do you install a PRV backwards
              Or am I not reading something here?
              http://www.all-clear-sewer.com/

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              • #8
                Re: Another DIYer rescued!

                Originally posted by All Clear Sewer View Post
                How do you install a PRV backwards
                Or am I not reading something here?
                It's a plumbing thing,you're not expected to know anything about it.

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                • #9
                  Re: Another DIYer rescued!

                  Originally posted by All Clear Sewer View Post
                  How do you install a PRV backwards
                  Or am I not reading something here?


                  You ignore the little arrow, and the 'in' and 'out' labels that are clearly printed on the brass housing.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Another DIYer rescued!

                    Originally posted by drtyhands View Post
                    It's a plumbing thing,you're not expected to know anything about it.
                    Guess not because I can only install em one way where I plumb
                    Must be why sewer guy`s make better plumbers
                    That should fire up things
                    http://www.all-clear-sewer.com/

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                    • #11
                      Re: Another DIYer rescued!

                      Honestly, I can't remember if it was me or the person helping me at the time. Been awhile. But my job, my heat. I take the blame.

                      How can they be installed backwards? The unions match up perfectly on the small ones and the arrow can get hidden in the installation. Against a wall, joist, etc.
                      And some of them are bilaterally symmetrical? (Big Words duhhhhh...) meaning they look exactly the same both ways. Not like Carl's picture.

                      J.C.
                      Last edited by BobsPlumbing; 06-18-2008, 05:57 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Another DIYer rescued!

                        Originally posted by All Clear Sewer View Post
                        Guess not because I can only install em one way since I don't know what I'm doing.
                        Must be why sewer guy`s make poor plumbers
                        Fixed.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Another DIYer rescued!

                          Originally posted by All Clear Sewer View Post
                          Guess not because I can only install em one way where I plumb
                          Must be why sewer guy`s make better plumbers
                          That should fire up things

                          I swear...You puss out again next year and I will hunt you down.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Another DIYer rescued!

                            Originally posted by drtyhands View Post

                            I swear...You puss out again next year and I will hunt you down.
                            and rosie will help your royal dirtness
                            Charlie

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                            • #15
                              Re: Another DIYer rescued!

                              Originally posted by HVAC HAWK View Post
                              and rosie will help your royal dirtness
                              "DREAMTEAM 09"
                              Two Hawks and a hound.
                              The guy wouldn't stand a chance.

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