Ball valve brands


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Old 02-03-21, 08:08 AM
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Ball valve brands

Hi, A gate valve in my hot water heating system is starting to drip. All of the valves are at least 40 years old, so Iím considering replacing them all (about 10) with ball valves. I see Efield branded valves on Amazon for substantially less cost than the brands at Lowes or Home Depot. Theyíre labeled 600 WOG. Is brand name that important with such valves? Thanks.


 
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Old 02-03-21, 08:34 AM
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In my opinion, YES.
Your big box stores are working with price point merchandise. Which mean lowest price, mostly imported stuff from Asia.
Look for WATTS, MILWAUKEE, or APOLLO.
edit..I have heard possible quality issues with APOLLO as of late.
 
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Agreed, plus, even if you're paying about the same price as the box store, you'll end up getting a much better quality product.

I tend to not splurge for the high-quality name brands that Norm mentioned, but I get them for much less than HD/Lowes. If you're looking for them to last another 40-60 years, spend a few extra dollars and get the name brands.
 
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Thanks to both of you for your replies. My sights are set on Watts lead free.
 

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Your big box stores are working with price point merchandise.
A topic we have debated many times, cheap can be expensive!
 
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Old 02-04-21, 06:40 AM
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I believe all plumbing fitting must meet "lead" free specifications.
 
 

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