Which 1/4 turn ball valves to get?

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  1. CountryBumkin

    CountryBumkin New Member

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    I want to replace the T style shut off valves for all my bathroom sinks with 1/4 turn ball valves. I looked at the suppliers linked from this site and found there are a lot of choices (Watts). What is the best kind?
    all Brass
    Brass with SS ball
    Bronze
    Bronse with SS ball
    Stainless Steel

    Also, do they make a valve that connects to Polybutylene on one end?

    Do they come with the male threaded end for the sink (or toilet) connection hose or do I have to add a fitting at the end? What is the thread size used (1/2"SPT) for the faucet to shut-off valve hose?

    Thanks,
    Mike
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    valves

    I use the ones my supply house carries. The outlets match whichever flexible line you are using. The inlets come in almost any type you need for your connection, unless you decided to make some "original" type of connection.
  3. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    You have the polybutylene time bomb in your house and you want to buy $100 angle stops? Are all these valves you refer to angle stops, or just regular inline valves? That would be a bit of overkill under a sink, but if you go that way, the answer to your question would be:

    >The "best" valve would be all stainless steel. I have never seen an all stainless angle stop, and it would be a bundle$$

    >The next best would be bronze body with SS ball. You probably will also not find any angle stops with that construction.

    >I would look for US made, chrome plated brass body, anti-blowout stem.

    Try to avoid this jewel which blew out on me recently:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v512/jimbo6679/DSCN0226-1.jpg

    It is a Brasscraft, and has a metal ball and metal stem, but obviously of very inferior quality metals.....chinese, I assume.
  4. CountryBumkin

    CountryBumkin New Member

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    I appreciate your advice. I am concerend about PB piping in my house but so far it has not leaked (knock on wood). I've been in this house since it was new (built in 1990). When it becomes time to deal with replumbing the house, if ever, I'll come back here for more advice. For now, I'm remodeling the master bath.
    I want to repalce the the existing T valves with something better. 1/4 turn ball valves is what most recommend.

    I assume an "angle stop" valve is different from a ball valve. I'll goggle that term and see what it is. The plumbing pros here were recommending 1/4 turn ball valves on another post. Is there such a thing as a 1/4 turn angle stop ball valve?


    Thanks

    From the Watts webpage (just under "bronze")http://www.watts.com/pro/_products_sub.asp?catId=64&parCat=75

    B6000, B6001
    2-Piece, Standard Port, Bronze Ball Valves
    Size(s): 1/4 to 4 in. (8 to 100mm)
    View Details



    B6000-SS
    2-Piece, Standard Port, Bronze Ball Valves with Stainless Steel Ball & Stem
    Size(s): 1/4 to 4 in. (8 to 100mm)
    View Details



    B6000-04-SS
    2-Piece, Standard Port, Bronze Ball Valves with Stainless Steel Ball & Stem
    Size(s): 1/4 to 4 in. (8 to 100mm)
    View Details



    B6002
    2-Piece, Standard Port, Bronze Ball Valves with Male NPT Threads at One End
    Size(s): 1/4 to 1 in. (8 to 25mm)
    View Details


    B6010, B6011, B6013
    2-Piece, Standard Port, Bronze Ball Valves with Union Connections
    Size(s): 1/2 to 2 in. (15 to 50mm)
    View Details



    B6080, B6081
    2-Piece, Full Port, Bronze Ball Valves
    Size(s): 1/2 to 2 in. (15 to 50mm)
    View Details



    B6095
    2-Piece, Standard Port, Threaded One-Way Bronze Ball Valves
    Size(s): 1/2 to 2 in. (15 to 50mm)
    View Details



    B6100
    Unibody, Standard Port, Bronze Ball Valves
    Size(s): 1/4 to 2 in. (8 to 50mm)
    View Details



    B6300, B6301
    2-Piece, Full Port, Bronze Ball & Waste Ball Valves
    Size(s): 1/2 to 1 in. (15 to 25mm)
    View Details



    B6400
    2-Piece, Standard Port, Bronze Ball Valves with Actuator Mounting Pads
    Size(s): 1/4 to 4 in. (8 to 100mm)
    View Details



    B6400-SE
    2-Piece, Standard Port, Bronze Ball Valves with Safety Exhaust
    Size(s): 1/4 to 2 in. (8 to 50mm)
    View Details



    B6780, B6781
    2-Piece, Full Port, Bronze Diverter Ball Valves
    Size(s): 1/4 to 2 in. (8 to 50mm)
    View Details



    FBV
    2-Piece, Full Port, Bronze Ball Valves
    Size(s): 1/2 to 2 in. (15 to 50mm)
  5. CountryBumkin

    CountryBumkin New Member

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    Okay, now I know what you are talking about. So this is what is I need. Right?


    WPAS-2PB
    1/2 in. CF x 3/8 in. OD Comp. Angle 1/4-Turn Chrome Stop

    Description:
    1/2 in. CF x 3/8 in. OD Comp. Angle

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