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Which type of water pressure gauge should you choose?

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Various water pressure gauges wonkee donkee tool DIY guide how to use a water pressure gauge There are many different makes and models of water pressure gauge on the market. Below is a guide to help you decide.
Water pressure gauge wonkee donkee tools DIY guide how to use a water pressure gauge If you are only going to use your gauge on the odd occasion for domestic purposes, then you’re probably better off buying a cheaper model as they are simple to use, fairly accurate and can be bought at a reasonable price.

Should I choose one with a plastic or glass lens?

Which to choose? Many water pressure gauges use hard plastic for the lens (such as polycarbonates) as it is generally cheaper to manufacture than glass, though a plastic lens is not an indication of low quality.

Glass lenses have a much higher resistance to scratching but may shatter if dropped. Plastic lenses are often shatter-proof.

Should I choose bottom-mounted or back-mounted?

Back and rear mounted water pressure gauges wonkee donkee tools DIY guide how to use a water pressure gauge This all depends on where you need to attach your water pressure gauge to.

If there is limited space, or the fitting you need to attach it to is in an awkward position, then choose the mounting that will provide you with the easiest access and a clear visual of the dial.

Do I need one with a hose?

water pressure gauge with flexible hose wonkee donkee tools DIY guide how to use a water pressure gauge Although a water pressure gauge does not need a hose to function, it is worth getting one with a hose as this will avoid any awkward accessibility issues as they usually have enough flexibility to work with even the most hard-to-reach fittings.

What range of scale should I have?

water pressure aguge with bar scale wonkee donkee tools DIY guide how to use a water pressure gauge For domestic purposes, a water pressure gauge with a scale of 0-10 barĀ (0-150 PSI) is standard.

Domestic water pressure rarely exceeds 6 bar, so this will give you more than enough leeway on a scale that is fairly accurate and easy to read.

Do I need a scale with bar and PSI?

water pressure gauge with 11 bar scale wonkee donkee tools DIY guide how to use a water pressure gauge Although we chiefly use bar measurements in the UK, having a water pressure gauge that has a scale in bar and PSI is useful because some appliance manufacturers may state guidelines for use in bar and PSI.

Do I need a gauge with a lazy-hand needle?

Water pressure gauge with lazy-hand needle wonkee donkee tools DIY guide how to use a water pressure gauge Water pressure gauges with lazy-hand needles are useful for obtaining peak pressure measurements of a system over an extended time period.

The red lazy-hand needle stops and remains at the highest pressure measurement the gauge has recorded.

This function allows you to record the peak measurement of your system without having to wait by the gauge all day.

Should I choose a digital dial?

Digital dial water pressure gauge wonkee donkee tools DIY guide Digital dials may be a little more expensive but they are easy to read and very accurate.

Do I need a liquid-filled dial?

Water pressure gauge with liquid-filled dial wonkee donkee tools DIY guide Because of their high viscosity, liquid filled gauges reduce needle vibrations which promotes accuracy.

They also reduce the chance of external moisture seeping into the gauge and distorting it. Liquid filled gauges are typically used for industrial applications.

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