BrassCraft 1/4 turn G2 water stop

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  1. Ray Ball

    Ray Ball New Member

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    My plummer installed BrassCraft 1/4 turn water stops, G2 series, in our ensuite bathroom.
    Five months later, the hot water stop blew apart and flowed about a day causing about $70,000
    damages. If there were threads in the water stop, they were all stripped off.
    I understand there has been a problem with these G2 series, and wonder if there is any legal recourse.

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  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    I had a brasscraft valve that looks like that one break in my hand.......stem broke in half as I turned it, and of course there was a gusher. Fortunately, I was right there. In my case, the metal stem just disintegrated. I have read that others have had that problem, and ascribed it to de-zincification of the brass. Don't know if they have either changed or fixed that.

    Here is a pic of mine, not identical to the OP valve, but it is brasscraft, the brass stem disintegrated, and when it snapped, old faithful hit me right in the face!

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  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    A 1/4 turn valve does NOT have threads on the stem. It just rotates in a barrel. Given the way they are assembled, I am not sure HOW it could have "blown apart". Normally, your homeowner's insurance company would take care of the damages, and THEY would seek the "legal recourse", if any, not you.
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  4. Ray Ball

    Ray Ball New Member

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    BrassCraft 1/4 turn water stop blew apart

    My 1/4 turn G2 valve blew apart on the connection side between the two nut surfaces, not on the rotating valve side. I will e-mail you a couple of pictures to illustrate the separation ( I don't know how to attach them to this response).
  5. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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  6. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Nelson Water damage photos

    Here are some photos sent by email.

    These attachments show the blown apart BrassCraft 1/4 turn G2 series water stop that I started a thread on 29 May, 2010. I don't know my URL so I couldn't attach these pictures to the thread.

    One of my neighbors also had the same problem.

    thank you,

    Ray Ball

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