Steel vs PVC braided hoses

Old 01-12-07, 08:33 PM
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Steel vs PVC braided hoses

I usually buy PVC braided hoses from my local Home Depot. The other day I went to purchase some for a new bathroom install, and they only had steel braided hoses in stock. These hoses are usually 2x the price of PVC braided. I asked a worker why they no longer stocked the PVC hoses, and he said "Because the steel hoses are better." I know the steel hoses are rated at higher pressure than the PVC, but does this really matter in a household faucet/toilet plumbing? I went to Lowes and they still carried the PVC hoses.

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Old 01-13-07, 12:14 PM
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If you have a basic worry free installation for the next 20 years, why not? The steel braid does keep bursting to a minimum. They also come in Flood Stop for applications like washing machines and dishwashers, so if the hose does burst, a valve inside it will shut the water off, almost instantly.

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