Oatey vs. Guy gray vs. Water tite

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by Williaminpompano, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Williaminpompano

    Williaminpompano New Member

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    In specifying plastic laundry room and ice shut off boxes, which manufacturer is superior when including air arresters. I may be really splitting hairs, but surely one must be preferred and a better product. Any opinions please???? Guy Gray vs. Oatey vs. Water Tite vs ? Which is the better product?

    Thanks in advance.....
    W
  2. Basement_Lurker

    Basement_Lurker One who lurks

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    Oatey is a pretty solid manufacturer, and I trust their products. However, even if I did have access to the other two brands (which I don't), I would still prefer to use the Oatey model.
  3. dlarrivee

    dlarrivee New Member

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    I like the Sioux Chief "Ox Box"...

    Nicest fit and finish I've seen.
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    I use whatever the supply house has at the time. There is little to make one superior to the others.
  5. TWEAK

    TWEAK New Member

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    I think they all look like cheap plastic boxes. If you're after a higher end installation I wouldn't use any of them. You can build your box into the wall and tile it.

    In my case, I put in front load washer and dryer and installed a counter above the machines, with a tiled backsplash. Getting the hoses up through the counter would have been pretty ugly. So, I got a pair of Chicago Faucets wall valves (other manufacturers make similar valves, you can find one that fits the style of your laundry room) and brought the water supply lines out behind the machines (under the counter) so you don't see the hoses at all.

    I also used an electronic water sensor to shut off the motorized ball valves at the outlet, in case the hoses leak or burst. The system also turns off the electrical power to the machines if a leak is sensed so that if the water is due to a drain leak, the washer will stop pumping the water out.
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