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Old 05-06-2019, 06:12 PM   #21
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Around here the supply houses stick Nibco/ RWW (I think it is) and legend. As far as we have seen they are all more or less the same and I have never had any issues with any of those brands and not head any one else talk bad about them. I wonder if maybe you had one of those cases where one of the first few you used was bad and with that first impression simply desired that it's garbage? I know I have done that with things where other people like it.

It's funny how different areas consider different brands to be of different quality.

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I was having troubles when we used the acetyline torch to solder the ball valves..... the threaded seam could not take the heat and the sealant on the threads would burn out and then leak.... they claimed it was my fault for getting the valve too hot.....


also I noticed with the legends if you fooled with an older one a lot of times they would decide to leak at the handle...

I am at peace with it all but on occasion my salesman tries to sneak some back in my door and then all hell breaks loose.....

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Old 05-06-2019, 08:50 PM   #22
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I will thanks, I didn't know you could call the manufacture directly and they would provide this. Thanks



LOLLOLLOLOLOL!!! You really think wolverine brass manufactures anything anymore?


They outsource darn near everything as best I can tell. Don't get me wrong, most of it is good quality but they aren't making stuff in house anymore from what I see.


I also suggest ordering from wolverine brass, there is an ad right in there catalog for custom ball valves and a company in town orders them, they look pretty good and seem to hold their lettering for years.







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We use red-white valves except for this one place we work at which requires apollo brand valves for anything and if we don't use them they freak. The red-white valves seem fine.



For boiler drains we use campbell-hausfeld chrome plated ball valve boiler drains. We used to use red-white ball valve boiler drains but they had a recall for a long time so we switched. I think we had to change out like 200 drains free of charge because of the recall and how many we had fail at the pressure side of the assembly seam.


If you guys are burning flux try tinning flux, it is amazing. I started using tinning flux like 4 months ago and it's the best thing I have tried in a long time. Our guys use acetylene all the time and don't have issues burning up valves. I will say the red-white valves seem to have really close tolerances on the assembly threads and even after unscrewing them and rescrewing them they don't leak.


There has to be a company that prints on heat shrink. Then you could slip a piece over a handle and heat it with the torch. Would be good for on pipes too.






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Found a place that does custom heat shrink


https://www.heatshrink.com/content/custom-printing.asp






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I use webstone with bleaders for hose bibs, but everything else Watts, good valves solid handle and I always check the packing on any valve. Last thing I need is to get a call to go back and tighten a packing nut
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