Pressure reducing valves

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  1. aczar

    aczar New Member

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    Hello!

    I need a pressure reducing valve as I've just discovered that my service line clocks in at around 95 psi, which I believe would explain a couple of (cheap) garden hoses blistering.

    I called around the local plumbing supply stores and was quoted a pretty consistent ~$300 (Canadian) for a 3/4" service line and operating range of ~20 to 75 psi.

    When I check the big box stores I'm seeing prices closer to $100 +/- %25.

    Why the big difference? Is it as simple as a combination plumbing supply stores being a bit more expensive, as well as higher quality parts?
     
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    It's more about the discount they give to their contractors and not to homeowners.
    It takes them a lot more time if they have to explain things to those that are not in the business. A contractor faxes in an order and they may be twenty items on the order, and no talking or advice needed.
     
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  4. aczar

    aczar New Member

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    Thanks Terry!

    So being the homeowner, I'd be better off buying at big box stores? Are there any particular PRV manufacturers that you would care to recommend (or avoid)?
     
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