replace pvc ball valves?

Old 12-30-00, 12:06 PM
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I am building a new house that has two large cisterns (concrete - 10,000 gallons each). Rain water will be the only source of water. There are pvc lines coming from the cisterns through the floor to an adjoining pump room. To control the flow of cistern water we have already installed
pvc 1 1/2" ball valves at the start of each line.

The problem is that these ball valves are very difficult to open and close. Am I correct to assume that if I need to use a wrench to open and close them (few times/month) that they are likely to break? Should they be replaced with easier to operate pvc valves? or brass ball valves? or gate valves?

What is the best option for this situation?

Thank you....Tree

Old 01-01-01, 07:10 AM
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If you open and close them carefully, without putting too much wrench pressure on the handles at the end of the off-on 1/4-turn, they should last longer.
They may become easier to operate over time.
A ball valve should be the easiest to open and close, I would think, whether you prefer PVC or brass.
Good Luck!

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