Angle Stop Valves

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by dw85745, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. dw85745

    dw85745 Member

    Oct 14, 2004
    Tucson, Arizona
    Looking from some feedback regarding angle values and what is being used the most in residential construction.

    Regarding install preference:

    1) Full Turn versus 1/4 turn
    .....(I used to prefer full and leaving value a 1/4 turn from full open in case value became calcified you
    ......could work value stem back and forth to get it closed. -- Lately all I've seen is 1/4 turn values installed)
    2) 3/8 inch outlet versus larger (e.g. 1/2)
    3) Compression versus Sweat
    4) Manufacturer
    ....(I looked at several "BrassCraft" 1/4 turn at HD, but was disappointed that the outlet hole on the value at full open
    .....was still partially closed off. Checked a number of them (>30) at two different HD stores and all appeared to have the same issue.)
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  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    The sealing gasket on multi-turn valves often is shot many years down the road when you want to turn it off for maintenance. A good ball-valve should still shut off.

    A toilet and most faucets are flow restricted, so 3/8" is plenty.

    Compression works fine, but if you prefer, you certainly can sweat them on.

    Dahl makes some nice valves, but I haven't really looked around much lately...Dahl is (I think) made in Canada, many of the others are made in a China factory regardless of the brand name.
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  4. dw85745

    dw85745 Member

    Oct 14, 2004
    Tucson, Arizona

    Thanks for your input. Will do some research on Dahl.
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