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Old 07-09-2010, 07:44 AM   #1
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Does valve manufacturer matter?


Do you guys who are more experienced plumbers have a preferred brand for ball valves? I like Watts, just because I've seen lots of pros use them. Is there any reason to believe that they are better than another brand? Are you pretty safe if you shop for stuff like that at a real plumbing supply house?

What about big box stores?

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Old 07-09-2010, 08:02 AM   #2
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This would depend on the application of the ball valve. "Watts" is a good brand, so is "Apollo" which i used for years in an industrial setting. The advantage of using a plumbing supply house, to me, would be that you have access to qualified sales people who know their product lines and what the "real" plumbers prefer to use. David

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Does valve manufacturer matter?


I have used many brands. Always open the valve and look through it. Not all ball valves are "full flow", meaning you will see a reduction in the diameter when you look inside, if it isn't. Watts is what I normally use.
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Does valve manufacturer matter?


When you solder ball valves...open or closed? I keep reading conflicting things.

Also, do you take the handle off when soldering?

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Old 07-09-2010, 09:11 AM   #5
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Does valve manufacturer matter?


Closed if possible, but if your heat control is proper it makes no difference. Overheating can destroy the Delrin seat
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Does valve manufacturer matter?


So basically, as soon as the solder melts, stop heating and run the solder in?
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I always solder valves in the open position to avoid heat build-up in the valve. Since the seating area is "around" the ball, closing it does not help. I have seen valves that have a warning to "disassemble" the valve before soldering. Since I always look towards the future, I use mostly threaded valves and sweat an adapter onto the piping. No reason to remove the handle.
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Is there a proper direction in which to install the valve? Or does the "in" and "out" not matter?
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If the valve is marked with an IN and OUT on it,that is how you install it. I usually install so that when the valve is ON, the handle is like an arrow, pointing the direction of the flow with the end of the handle being the back end of the arrow.

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