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Zurn Recall

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yellow brass is not the best thing to make a fitting out of...red brass or coper is better...kpc

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  • John_167
    John_167 Member Posts: 1
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    Guys did you see or hear about the Zurn fitting recall or hear that wirsbo is also having the same trouble coming up?

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  • hr
    hr Member Posts: 6,106
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    It would be interesting to know the country

    of origin for those fittings? Not all yellow brass is created equal. Same for quality control and machineing standards.

    My brass fitting experience dates back to the PB days. I have not, knock on brass, seen any failures.

    Mis, or over crimping can cause fitting failure quite easily.

    hot rod

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  • Tim_41
    Tim_41 Member Posts: 153
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    I think I have seen these fittings being sold a Home Depot. That should be comforting to the HO.
  • John_162
    John_162 Member Posts: 35
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    > I think I have seen these fittings being sold a

    > Home Depot. That should be comforting to the HO.



    There also being sold in supply houses. Glad I don't buy on Price alone

    I wonder whats going to happen when the problem rears its head with Wirsbo (uponor)
  • Dave_4
    Dave_4 Member Posts: 1,405
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    Stress fracture?

    I was at Viega in NH last week and spoke to them about this. Initially, they think these are stress failures - not de-zincification. Hot Rod -, overcrimping is an interesting spin. Perhaps a crimp tool(s) were out of calibration?

    There are dozens foundries overseas (China, Thailand, etc.) making these fittings for different manufacturers. Zurn will not be the only casualty here. We have sold well over 50,000 pex fittings so far this year. We have had an issue only with 1" pex ells, several leaked through the side wall - pin holes - cracks. Looked like the bad casting pours to me. It was an import manufacturer as most pex fittings are.

    I've never seen the fittings break as shown in the photo. Certainly this will be a major buzz at RPA. Maybe the sales of plastic pex fittings will pick up some.

    We found the casting of this particular brand to be too thin on side wall of the fitting. We took all we had in stock of that brand and sent them back to the manufacturer for credit. So far, nothing else.

    This may boost our sales of Viega fittings as the builder in the suit has changed over to them with no reported problems. If you look at the typical job- even if its an entire house, and you spend approx 1$ more on each fitting, what are you talking about ? $100 - $200 - relatively cheap insurance for the job. If you use their pex, now they are behind you 100% backing up the "system". In my opinion, they have the best product and system for pex installations on the market.

    I wonder how many other failures we will now be hearing about.
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