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 Post subject: Re: Backflow Gauges
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I test well over 300 backflows a year so I definitely know the difference in gauges and what they do, I'm more concerned about the actual quality of the gauge itself and who prefers 3 or 5 and why as I have only ever used the 3 valve watts

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I test well over 300 backflows a year so I definitely know the difference in gauges and what they do, I'm more concerned about the actual quality of the gauge itself and who prefers 3 or 5 and why as I have only ever used the 3 valve watts


On average I get 3 calls a year to test back flows. I traded my gauges for semi-auto shotgun about 10 years ago.

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I test well over 300 backflows a year so I definitely know the difference in gauges and what they do, I'm more concerned about the actual quality of the gauge itself and who prefers 3 or 5 and why as I have only ever used the 3 valve watts


On average I get 3 calls a year to test back flows. I traded my gauges for semi-auto shotgun about 10 years ago.

I could test backflows if I really wanted too 8 hours a day! I find it totally boring once a week is enough for me!


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I test well over 300 backflows a year so I definitely know the difference in gauges and what they do, I'm more concerned about the actual quality of the gauge itself and who prefers 3 or 5 and why as I have only ever used the 3 valve watts

I like the 5 valve Conbraco/Midwest. Bigger gauges and seems like they fowl up with dirt less. I have hose line checks on my Conbraco as well. :whistle


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I can't compete with the landscapers and the fire protection dweebs.

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I can't compete with the landscapers and the fire protection dweebs.

Our local fire protection guy is a backflow whore! To bad he cant test them any better than he installs them which is not to code! He knows who he is! How can you test a DCVA on a cold water main without a shutdown with no bypass is still a mystery to me as well! :whistle


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I can't compete with the landscapers and the fire protection dweebs.

Our local fire protection guy is a backflow whore! To bad he cant test them any better than he installs them which is not to code! He knows who he is! How can you test a DCVA on a cold water main without a shutdown with no bypass is still a mystery to me as well! :whistle

When your testing them for $50 bucks you can't afford to take the time to shut it down.

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I can't compete with the landscapers and the fire protection dweebs.

Our local fire protection guy is a backflow whore! To bad he cant test them any better than he installs them which is not to code! He knows who he is! How can you test a DCVA on a cold water main without a shutdown with no bypass is still a mystery to me as well! :whistle

When your testing them for $50 bucks you can't afford to take the time to shut it down.

I guess thats why Iam twice as much! :lol:


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Our company is huge into backflow. I personally test over 300 and out of that number at least 50-75 are new installs. That's just me, we have 5 others at the company that do just as many. It does get a little mind numbing and tedious if your doing it for an entire week, BUT it definitely beats cleaning urinals!

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