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Dan C1 08-15-2012 09:20 PM

Shut-off valves
 
I have a 14 year old house and the hot and cold shut-off valves under the bath room sink won't completely shut off the water. The existing valves are plastic with oval knobs. My question is, is there a better valve that will last longer than the ones I have now?

joecaption 08-15-2012 09:54 PM

Post a picture.
Take a look at what color the pipe is. Cheap plastic shut off tells me it just may be Quest tubing.
If it's gray it's quest. Not a good thing. Quest had a ton of class action sutes againt them for leaking valves and bursting pipes.

Dan C1 08-15-2012 10:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 989837)
Post a picture.
Take a look at what color the pipe is. Cheap plastic shut off tells me it just may be Quest tubing.
If it's gray it's quest. Not a good thing. Quest had a ton of class action sutes againt them for leaking valves and bursting pipes.

The supply pipe is 1/2"copper and the pipe from the valves to the faucets are 3/8" soft copper. I found a brand name of Brass Craft on the valve handle.

joecaption 08-15-2012 10:45 PM

1/2 of that is a good thing. How much is sticking out of the wall?
Should be as simple as removing what you have now and replacing with new 1/4 turn Brass craft chrome plated real brass valves and tossing the old copper supply lines in the trash and replace with new stainless steel braded supplys.

VIPlumber 08-15-2012 11:11 PM

Dan,

It's called a 1/4 turn angle stop and looks like this,

http://www.plumbingsupply.com/images...ab-48290ab.jpg

Dan C1 08-15-2012 11:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VIPlumber (Post 989895)
Dan,

It's called a 1/4 turn angle stop and looks like this,

http://www.plumbingsupply.com/images...ab-48290ab.jpg

That's it, except mine are straight. I'm questioning the quality of this valve. Should I replace them with the same brand (BrassCraft) or is there something that will do a better job. Why install stops if they won't do what there designed to do (shut off the water).

joecaption 08-15-2012 11:43 PM

You said yours are plastic, these are solid brass with chrome plating.
Lots of times valves that have not been shut off for many years are pluged up with trash, or leak at the stem.
If you would post that picture it sure would help.

Dan C1 08-15-2012 11:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 989923)
You said yours are plastic, these are solid brass with chrome plating.
Lots of times valves that have not been shut off for many years are pluged up with trash, or leak at the stem.
If you would post that picture it sure would help.

I don't have a camera. The handles and stems are plastic. I just wanted to know if there is a better valve to use, sense I have to replace them.

VIPlumber 08-16-2012 12:03 AM

http://www.plumbersurplus.com/images...990-329319.jpg

Sorry, I meant this one. This valve is being used pretty regularly up here as replacements for the one I showed in the earlier pic, and so far the results have been good.

Dan C1 08-16-2012 12:11 AM

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Originally Posted by VIPlumber (Post 989938)
http://www.plumbersurplus.com/images...990-329319.jpg

Sorry, I meant this one. This valve is being used pretty regularly up here as replacements for the one I showed in the earlier pic, and so far the results have been good.

What is the brand name of this valve?

VIPlumber 08-17-2012 12:07 AM

Brass Craft. Why?

joecaption 08-17-2012 12:24 AM

No reason other then that's what my local dealer happens to sell.

VIPlumber 08-17-2012 12:30 AM

Same as me Joe. But I was responding to Dan and wondering why he wants the specific brand name.

TheEplumber 08-17-2012 01:41 AM

Like any brand of a product, Brass Craft makes a cheap model such as plastic stems.
I think the OP is afraid to try brass craft again. But they do make some nice valves- you just need to pay for more for the good product. Avoid the low budget junk from any manufacturer. Same goes for faucets and tools and women....:laughing:


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