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  • Looking for a water pressure test gauge that will LAST!

    I usually use a cheap water pressure test gauge that attaches to hose faucets to test for PRV failure. But, the darn things always end up either freezing in the wintertime, or just wearing out and giving inaccurate readings.
    Does anyone know where I can buy a quality pressure gauge that won't freeze up or go out of calibration so quickly?

    Thanks,
    Carl
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    Re: Looking for a water pressure test gauge that will LAST!

    Originally posted by Service Guy View Post
    I usually use a cheap water pressure test gauge that attaches to hose faucets to test for PRV failure. But, the darn things always end up either freezing in the wintertime, or just wearing out and giving inaccurate readings.
    Does anyone know where I can buy a quality pressure gauge that won't freeze up or go out of calibration so quickly?

    Thanks,
    Carl
    Thank You.

    I have used cheapies, oil filled, and glycol filled. Some rated for vibration.

    And found they all broke or went out of range at about the same rate.

    I'm all ears for anyone that knows of the right ones to get.

    J.C.

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    • #3
      Re: Looking for a water pressure test gauge that will LAST!

      Your best bet is to build your own. Find a good quality gauge and then adapt it however is best for you. I have some that are set up to screw on to hose bibbs and I have some with 1/4" flare to use with hoses.

      Mark
      "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

      I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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      • #4
        Re: Looking for a water pressure test gauge that will LAST!

        Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
        Your best bet is to build your own. Find a good quality gauge and then adapt it however is best for you. I have some that are set up to screw on to hose bibbs and I have some with 1/4" flare to use with hoses.

        Mark
        I have built my own before...the problem lies in "finding a good quality gauge." That is what I can't find.
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        • #5
          Re: Looking for a water pressure test gauge that will LAST!

          Try a Referigeration suction gauge... (the blue one)

          Yellowjacket makes a good cheap one for 20-30 bucks.

          30" vac-125 PSI range and user calibrateable

          They work great for me...

          Okie

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          • #6
            Re: Looking for a water pressure test gauge that will LAST!

            I like a stainless steel liquid, filled WIKA gauge.

            Mark
            "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

            I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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            • #7
              Re: Looking for a water pressure test gauge that will LAST!

              Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
              I like a stainless steel liquid, filled WIKA gauge.

              Mark

              What do those cost Mark

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              • #8
                Re: Looking for a water pressure test gauge that will LAST!

                Originally posted by OkieBill View Post
                What do those cost Mark
                They are about $40 for a 2 1/2" gauge but they last forever.

                Mark
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                • #9
                  Re: Looking for a water pressure test gauge that will LAST!

                  Proper size for the gauge is twice the expected pressure. SO if the MAX water pressure in your area is 80 PIS, get a 160 or 200 PSI gauge. Want more accuracy? get a bigger (diameter) gauge which will allow for better quality movement inside and larger dial face with more divisions on it so can direct read to 1 PSI or less.

                  Be kind to your gauge. If you connect it and just slam the valve wide open throwing full line pressure at the gauge AND it is only a 100 or 120 gauge you will over-range it and it is trashed. Once the needle has been pegged hard the cal is GONE.

                  Open the valve slowly, and watch the pressure build. If you are using on a line with pulsating pressure then get a snubber for the gauge.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Looking for a water pressure test gauge that will LAST!

                    Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
                    They are about $40 for a 2 1/2" gauge but they last forever.

                    Mark
                    Thanks Mark, that is what I am buying! No more "throw away gauges".
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                    • #11
                      Re: Looking for a water pressure test gauge that will LAST!

                      Thanks for the tip BobD! Around these parts (mountains) city water pressure can be as much as 200 psi or more! I need a 300 psi or higher gauge. That is probably one of the problems with the weak gauges I was buying.
                      I will get a stainless steel liquid filled 400 psi pressure gauge and it should last me forever, if I take care of it.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Looking for a water pressure test gauge that will LAST!

                        I have to carry several different gauges because from one area to another there can be a big difference. Across the highway from me is only 35 psi, my home is 185 psi and out in the Antelope Valley I have an area on a high-pressure County line at 325 psi. Most of my gauges are 2 1/2" but I do have some 4" which photograph better.

                        Mark
                        "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                        I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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