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Old 01-09-2010, 04:03 AM   #1
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Are those cheap shutoffs THAT bad from box stores??


About a year or two,some less,,, these red 1/4 turn 1/2" shutoffs were installed in my always heated basement.(so they did NOT freeze) or even come close. Couple days ago I thought I was seeing things,a couple of them were sqirting out the side of the brass and a couple more leaking badly thru the stem.

whats the correct kind to buy?? Plumbing parts and major parts at that, and 2 years or less and they are this shot??? Maybe they should sell bubblegum next to those darn things!!

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Old 01-09-2010, 06:13 AM   #2
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Avoid any plumbing item that says "made in China". It seems there is about a 50% chance there will be something wrong with it. It would seem that they have no concept of quality control, or inspection.

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I sort of agree but not totally if you think that way we couldn't buy anything.

Seems like everything is made in CHINA now.

When I was a kid everything was made in JAPAN.
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And China is ahead of the world in many things. We still cannot make good battery cars. China has millions of them. Japan had to learn from China in order for Toyota to finally produce them. China as the fastest trains, ours was designed by friends of "Buffalo Bill" to get around for their shows. The majority of bad items we hear about from China is due to scrupulous distributors. (Made in USA). Bad drywall is a good example of this.
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tighten the packing nut under handle 1st before you condem them.if the valves are turned on/off often its common for the packing nut to loosen no matter where valve was made.
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