Water, water, everywhere!
It wasn’t really that bad, but I thought I’d share this minor plumbing explosion because others might benefit and because I might still have a problem that has to be addressed.
We hooked up the camper with a water pressure regulator. It had been set for 45 psi at the last campground. It read 25, so we went about our business of setting up, including turning taps on to get the air out of the system. Suddenly, the base of the kitchen sink spigot starts spraying everywhere. I turn it off, and yell for Mrs. eye to check the pressure at the regulator. 65 psi!!!
Using the nearby outside shower, we get that pressure down to 45 psi—and then set about figuring out what it will take to allow us to use the kitchen sink. After some fiddling around, I determine that the leak is inside the fixture that contains the spigot and the knobs. The only way to get at it is to remove it from the hot and cold lines under the counter.
I don’t know why I did it, but I did. I pushed down on the spigot. Down it went. A lot. Hmmm...I turn on the water. Not a drop from the base of the spigot.
Did 65 psi pop the spigot up a bit, allowing the leak???
We are wrapping up the trip and heading home. The spigot has not been a problem—yet. There probably is something that needs to be tightened. I just have to figure out what.
BTW, pressure at the regulator has stayed steady at 45 psi. I only recently started using an adjustable regulator. I had assumed that once I had set it once to 45 psi, pressures could not go above 45, only below due to low CG pressure. That seems to be wrong. I now check it routinely a few times a day.
This is why we camp. We live for these what-the-frak moments.