Favorite valve?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Ben Wilson, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Ben Wilson

    Ben Wilson New Member

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    Just curious to know - what is everyone's favorite supply-line valve? Valve type, manufacturer, connection-type, etc....

    I've always like Apollo ball valves with solder ends. I've replaced almost every valve in every rental I own, and I've never had a problem with 'em!
     
  2. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    I like the Apollos too.
     
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  4. Pytheas

    Pytheas New Member

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    In my other thread about valves, someone mentioned that you cant buy supply valves with solder ends cause no one sells them anymore. And that they are replaced by compression valves. - or am I an idiot and dont know what I'm talking about?
     
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    valves

    Compression valves for fixture supplies are one thing. Brass/bronze main line valves are a different animal all together. I use the brand the supply house carries, and Appollo is not one of them. Nibco is the most common "domestic" valve, but they also carry a couple of lower priced import lines.
     
  6. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    I only buy American-made valves. It's the least I can do.
     
  7. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    Giggiddy giggidy goooooo

    Apollo or Nibco, swett
     
  8. AverageMe

    AverageMe New Member

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    Anybody have an opinion on Arrowhead (made in Los Angeles) ball valves?
     
  9. Doherty Plumbing

    Doherty Plumbing Journeyman & Gas Fitter

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    Kitz ball valves.
     
  10. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    I like anything made in China. Since they are going to own us in another 10 years or so I might as well start sucking up now. :eek:
     
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