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Old 12-03-2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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Default Are you Calif. and Vt. plumbers ready for the brass lead ban?

I was just given a 1/2" thick booklet on the laws of the new CA. lead ban. I have yet to read it cover to cover. The supply houses around here are boxing up their existing brass fittings and faucets and shipping them to other States to make room for the new, more expensive lead free brass plumbing. A 3/4" brass service tee is going from $11.00 to $50.00 ! Brass PRV regulaters are said to cost 40% more, and so on. The new brass ball valves are way easier to overheat when soldering. Some of the replacement Delta faucets are plastic with copper stubs, or plastic stubs. Also plumbers can no longer install older brass fittings or faucets or replacement stems, rebuild kits, etc, from stock after Jan. 2010. They will be fined severely if they do. They are going to treat this like asbestos. I guess The Governator will have a Plumbing Czar watching our every move! I hate it when the politicians think they need to reinvent an entire industry! I will wait to hear others voice their opinions.

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Old 12-03-2009, 10:05 PM   #2
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Hey Jim! Where did you get the booklet? The Delta faucets have been discussed on here already but it's the first I've heard of the huge price increases. I've dealt with some of the new stuff, ball valves mostly, and you're right about the way they handle heat.


Should I stock up on "dangerously leaded" brass or just head to Mexico when I need a PRV?






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Default Hey. Paul!

Streators in Atascadero has the booklets and you get a free T shirt that says "I'm a AB-1953 Lead Free compliant plumber" no joke! You don't have to go to Mexico to buy the old brass any of the other 48 states will have what you need! Remember that we will all be criminals for using our old stocks up after Jan 2010. Decou hardware has slashed most of their faucets 40%.

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I will swing by both places tommorow and check it out. I'm almost never in Atascadero anymore so it'll be like a vacation.





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I will use as much OLD brass as I possibly can....F-em
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I will use as much OLD brass as I possibly can....F-em
The Brass Gastapo will be watching. Only in Kommiefornia.
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I will swing by both places tommorow and check it out. I'm almost never in Atascadero anymore so it'll be like a vacation.





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I'm surprised you don't come to A-town more often. More rotten copper here than Paso!
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Unforunately, this new law will affect ALL states in some ways. It seems that Delta and Moen are now producing some models of kitchen and lavs in ONLY the Ultra low lead version.
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it all pays the same. cost is passed on to the home owner. love it or leave it. Califonia is number one.
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