types of shut off valves

Old 08-28-06, 08:22 PM
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types of shut off valves

At the sinks and toilet supply there a few different types of valves, attaching to 1/2 rigid copper. I have seen at the big box stores pipe threaded, sweat fitting, multi turn, or 1/4 turn ball valve all to compresion fitting.
My initial though was a sweat fitting 1/4 turn would be cool but I am now trying to over think which one would be best.
Any thought or preferences?
Old 08-28-06, 11:11 PM
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The pro way is with a sweat on valve, but I like to use compression fittings for something like this. I can sweat pipe but I have never had a problem with a compression fitting either. The real determining factor for me would be how the current valves are attached. If they are soldered on I would stay with that. I just overhauled 3 bathrooms and a kitchen. I used the 1/4 turn valves and my wife didnt like the way they looked. She like the pretty chrome knobs like the ones that were on it, at least she did until I showed her how much easier these were to turn off when you have an overflowing toilet.

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