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Old 01-11-2012, 08:54 PM   #31
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:10 AM   #32
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Check hardware stores with real plumbing sections. Godwin Hardware here in GR sells the real stuff, I know, I just did this whole investigation testing the box store theory and yes, there are differences. I'm not a plumber obviously, and they have no problem selling to anyone.

As for the letter, it is artfully crafted to cover their azzes.

"The product you order from any local Lowes or Home Depot will be the same product that your contractor sell you. They are made of the same material and are no lesser of a quality."

Lowe's: Builder grade faucets. Bought by builder? Builder = contractor. Thus, contractor is selling builders grade if they buy it at a box store. They're not lying, but they're not expanding to tell the whole story. They're only answering exactly what you asked, not what you really wanted to know.
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:46 AM   #33
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I have always been told this advice:

Delta for sink faucets, Moen for shower valves, Kohler for toilets.

Although American Standards toilet line has gotten a lot better with their power flush technology.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:05 PM   #34
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I normally do not reply to old posts but see that some have resurrected this so will chime in. I actually had a plumber at my house last night to fix a bad leak and also install a kitchen faucet, which I could have done myself but he billed by the half hour and had 20 minutes left so put it in for me quick. I asked him the same question, is there a difference from what he sells and what I buy at home dept etc. he said absolutely not.. and he made a good point. If you were Delta, moen etc would you put your name on crap where the majority of your faucets are sold? No way..bad business. They sell more faucets through Lowes, HD etc than via plumbers and contractors. Their reputation would suffer by making junk for the home improvement sector.
That said, you can can get very good heavy quality faucets via your plumber but look at the expensive ones at Lowes etc...they are built like tanks. The average faucets are plastic and lightweight for several reasons.. less metal and lead to come in contact with water..the finishes, while not metal, are more resilient to tarnisng, rusting, corroding etc... that is why they have lifetime warranty on finish etc.
bottom line is even my plumber, who could sell me the same thing for more money told me they are the same quality. He also told me they dont want customers knowing their secrets...
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My eyes must have deceived me then. It must have just been very lightweight plastic colored brass in the comparable faucets I was looking at. Who knew!
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The most obvious differance youre going to see between the lav faucet you buy at menards and the one i can buy at ferguson is the drain/pop up assembly on the supply house version is normally metal.
Most supply houses are set up for supplying faucets for heavier commercial use,it normally wont make any differance in a residential application as long as you buy a decent name brand
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I hear what everybody is saying but reality is when you new a set of faucet's you need them so just go to the big box store and get one with a good name: Delta.
Plumbing supply houses are good for plumbers but if your not a plumber and go in there be prepared to be laughed at picked on goggled at and made a total fool if you don't know the terminology/ lingo.

A model number is a model number weather you buy it at H. D. , Ls or a plumbing supply.
there may be slight differences in the parts that go with it but it's no big deal.
So what if you have a plastic drain piece most of the drains go into PVC anyway.
Time to get ripped up.
I'm talking strictly residential here in DIY.
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:06 PM   #38
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This was an interesting topic to read. I'm not a plumber but I've done enough plumbing in my own homes to recognize a cheap faucet disguising itself as a high quality one. I became disheartened with all the brands mentioned above when shopping for a kitchen faucet.

My wife and I wanted a good quality faucet for our kitchen remodel but didn't want to pay $800 or more for the expensive boutique brands. We couldn't find a faucet in HD, Lowes, or other home improvement centers that wasn't made mostly out of plastic trim and parts. In fact, you can see where the finish wears off these faucets from being touched by customers.

Fortunately we found the perfect faucet for us when looking for counter tops. It's a Rugby RS F3. I think they are fairly new in the faucet market. Almost the entire faucet is made of 304 stainless and it has a ceramic disc cartridge. And it's heavy! It cost us just under $300 and is built like a tank. We've had it for 2 years now and it looks brand new still. And this is with So Cal hard water. I don't think they make tub or shower faucets yet, but hell, I'm still impressed with this thing!
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I get my supplies from Habitat For Humanity Resale Store.... toilets are $40

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