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Posted by Henry in MI on December 31st, 1999 06:45 AM
In reply to Reply to reply by Jim Dee on December 30th, 1999 05:05 PM [Go to top of thread]

Jim, go down to the basement (or crawl space) and shut off the main water feed line coming to your house or out of the meter. While you are downstairs, open the valve on the lowest faucet in the place and leave it open. Now work your way up thru the house and open every faucet for 10 seconds or so then close it. When you have opened every faucet and closed all but the lowest one in the basement, walk down and close that one and then turn on the water at the meter.

There are, or should be, pipes that control water hammer inside the wall. These go up vertically and contain only air (which is compressable) to filter out the effect of surges which can cause parts of your faucet or pipes to vibrate. They work best if the chamber is a few inches higher than the faucet level. You have changed the faucet level with the gooseneck and that has made it harder for them to do their job. (Can't blame the plumber that originally installed them behind the wall since the high gooseneck faucets are a relatively new innovation.) Getting all the water out of the chambers will let them start functioning again or function better and hopefully negate the water hammer effect.

Good luck
Henry in MI

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