Ordering Parts for the Febco 860/850 2 1/2"-10"

By Daniel Todd
on May 30, 2017

The lead free parts for most backflow preventers are the same fit, size, and color whether they are leaded or lead free.  This makes it easy to order parts and just specify lead free.  Most of the time they are only available in lead free options.  That is what makes the Febco 850/860 a special situation.

The Febco 850/860 was modified quite a bit to accommodate the lead free standard.  The parts are not compatible between the lead free and leaded assemblies.  It is important to understand which assembly you have and understand which parts you need.  The Lead Free Model Assembly requires all parts that are labeled LFRK.

This is applicable to the 2 1/2"-10" Models only

The Big Picture

By Daniel Todd
on March 21, 2017

     We were asked to test a Double Check in a Mechanical Closet for a Occupancy Permit for new Construction at a Church.  The Wilkins 950XLT2 2" DC was installed Vertical Flow Up.  We proceed with the test and get a leaking check 1 and 2.  We take it apart and clean, flush, flip the disc on the new Backflow Preventer.  We still could not get the Backflow Preventer to Pass.

It was time to think outside the box.

     Why cant we get it to Pass?  Maybe the Backflow Preventer was not designed to be installed vertical flow up.

     If only we could look it up and find out the appropriate orientation of how this is supposed to be installed Horizontal or Vertical.

Oh Yeah, There Is!!!!!!

Follow the link below to look up approvals from USC.

List of Approvals

 

Check out our new lower Prices

By Daniel Todd
on March 06, 2017

We want to thank our existing customers for getting us to the next level.  We have achieved a new price point from our supplier.  Please browse our new Pricing.

Thank You to our existing customers and we are looking forward to gaining new customers.

Thank You

NOT an Obvious Repair on the Watts 909M1 1 1/4" to 2"

By Daniel Todd
on February 21, 2017

OK, You have the rubber kit, and the cages look pretty good in the checks.  You have already tested the assembly and it fails and or it is leaking out of the relief valve. 

You Replace the check Discs, and think it may be ok.  You test it and it is still leaking out of the First Check.  8.8----8.6----8.4----etc. below 5.0 on the Gauge.  It is spitting out of the relief valve. 

Next Step, take apart and flush.  Same Result!

Next Step, take the cover off of the first check. Take out the check Disc, Spring, and Gently get the Check Cage out.  Inspect the ORing on the Check Cage.  This is on the Back side of the cage that fits into the body of the 909M1.   This can be easy to over look because it is hidden unless you pull out the cage.

This can be a very frustrating situation until you find the problem.  Once you find the issue, you will be on your way to mastering the Beast of the WATTS 909M1. 

 

Before You Fail an RP for the Relief Valve Not Openning!

By Daniel Todd
on February 08, 2017

Before You Fail an RP for the Relief Valve Not Openning!

As you know the Relief Valve has to open at above 2.0 PSI on the differential pressure gauge. 

Have you ever had the relief valve not open?

Before you Fail it, Please double check shut off valve number 2.  Make sure it is closed 100 Percent and not leaking.

Some models of RP are not as dependent on the second shut off valve being closed to get the relief valve to open as others.  Most Larger Backflow Preventers 2 1/2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 inch backflow preventers are very dependent on the second shut off valve to be closed completely before the relief valve will open at all. 

If your relief valve is not opening the first thing to try is simply tighten the gate valve a little bit more and test again before you fail the relief valve for not opening.

But on the smaller assemblies like the 2" and Below Watts 909, it may not be clear that there is an open or leaking 2ond shut off valve. 

We asked a tester the other day, "How do you know when the shut off valve is closed?"  He said the handle on the shut off valve is vertical.

WE all know and see bent shut off  valve handles so a vertical handle not enough to fail the RP for a relief valve not opening.  We suggest looking at the nut that the ball valve handle operates and checking it.  Also, move the ball valve handle and nut back and forth to see if you can get the relief valve to open.  If you need to, feel free to put a wrench on the handle or take the handle off and put a wrench on the nut.

If you replace the relief valve and don't address the issue, You Still Won't Get a Good Test Result!!!!!!

 

For You Fire Guys out there!!

By Daniel Todd
on February 08, 2017

We were recently asked What the difference is between the AMES RP M400 and C400?

The M400 is a Bigger Body Unit.

Example the 4" M400=The 6" C400 internals. 

The Gates are the same size. 

This is done to increase the flow rates for Fire Sprinklers.

Never Buy After Market Backflow Repair Parts

By Daniel Todd
on January 12, 2017

After Market Backflow Repair Parts void all warranties and open the end user to the liability of a backflow contamination event.  Only Original Manufacture parts have been tested by the USC Foundation of Cross Connection Control.  This approval process is extremely important to protecting the water supply.  After all, if the Backflow Preventer does not work it is just an expensive piece of pipe.

Example Click Here

Official Notice from Febco

The Correct way to Winterize the Pressure Vacuum Breaker

By Daniel Todd
on January 12, 2017

If you follow these guidelines you may save yourself some $$$$$$$

Click on the Blue Link Winterize below

Winterize

Please, also Insulate beyond the piping to include the ball valves on the Pressure Vacuum Breaker Assembly.

backflowtestreport.com for the tester

By Daniel Todd
on December 21, 2016

So many of the online service reporting companies are set up to benefit the city or water district.  What about the burden of paperwork and filing issues for the Backflow Tester/Inspector?  What if you could enter forms on your phone and have access to the test reports at moments notice?  This was our mission.  Check out www.backflowtestreport.com

The Next Step.

By Daniel Todd
on November 17, 2016

You inspected the Wilkins 975xl.  The number 1 Check Valve did not hold.  You replaced the rubber disc in the first check.  You reinspect the assembly.  Still, your number 1 check is not holding.  You have three options:

A. Cry and go home muttering you are a loser and can't do anything right.

B. Pretend it did pass, and hope to get it right next year.

C. Do the right thing and replace the seat in the valve body to give it a fresh edge, retest, and toast your self to a job well done. 

The plastic seats are cheap, you will need a tool to get the seat out.

Wilkins Seat Tool

 

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March 21, 2017

     We were asked to test a Double Check in a Mechanical Closet for a Occupancy Permit for new Construction...

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