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ball valve vs. the 'stqandard' type? - would you actively move to ball valve?

ball valve vs. the 'stqandard' type? - would you actively move to ball valve?


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Old 02-10-16, 10:25 AM
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ball valve vs. the 'stqandard' type? - would you actively move to ball valve?

ball valve is the 1/4 turn type of valve, right?

do you use those under sinks / toilet / main coming into house?

do you actively replace existing multi turn valves in those locations with ball valve?

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Old 02-10-16, 10:30 AM
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Yes, yes and yes.

Not necessarily worth the effort to replace a working valve but doing so with a ball valve when replacement is warranted is often a good idea.
 
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Old 02-10-16, 10:33 AM
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Short answer, YES.

They are far superior to gate and globe valves. However, if what you currently have works, then leave them alone. In order to keep a typical washer style valve in working order, you should turn it totally off then totally back on then back off about a quarter turn. This keeps the packing and washers from drying out. Do this routine about once every three months on all valves.
 
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Old 02-10-16, 10:43 AM
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another question along the same lines.... you hire a contractor / plumber to redo your bathroom. would you expect them to use ball valves under the sinks / on feed line for toilet without asking? Or the old style?

And if they are putting in old style and you want ball valve, ball valve are a bit more expensive, right? Woudl you expect them to charge you for the ball valves?
 
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Old 02-10-16, 10:49 AM
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Again, most likely yes. Tell them you want ball valves and most likely they will charge a bit more.
 
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Old 02-10-16, 11:05 AM
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There's only about $1.00 difference in price.
Takes no longer to install.
I've never once redo a bathroom or kitchen and not replaced all the old valves.
In any major remodel the valves going to have to come off any way to redo the walls, why would you want an old valve put back on that may or may not leak?
 
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Old 02-10-16, 11:13 AM
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Joe - sorry I didn't mean put the old valve back in. I meant using a new valve but the older multi turn type (what's the right name for that?). As strongly as everyone here is for ball valve, would you expect a licensed plumber to have the same view / put in ball valve without asking vs. putting in a (new) old style valve for under the sink / toilet feed.
 
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Old 02-10-16, 11:19 AM
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I think many plumbers (not all) will charge extra just because it's the better and a newer style. Joe is correct, it does not cost more to install (in fact might be cheaper). But ball valves do cost several dollars more than the standard type, at least in our area.
 

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If it's not in writing there going to use whatever they happen to have on the truck.
 
 

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