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Is ball valve with higher WOG/CWP more durable?

sunlight33
sunlight33 Member Posts: 311
edited April 27 in THE MAIN WALL
From your experience would you say ball valve with a 600 WOG is more durable than one with a 250 rating? This is for normal home usage (not commercial or industrial).

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  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 9,014
    Yes, but the quality of the valve is important as well. Some cheap valve have a high rating. I have had pretty good luck with Apollo & Milwaukee. Not fond of Watts.

    Different areas of the country different valves are more available
  • Rich_49
    Rich_49 Member Posts: 2,565

    From your experience would you say ball valve with a 600 WOG is more durable than one with a 250 rating? This is for normal home usage (not commercial or industrial).

    The 600# PSI valve is probably more durable than the 250# PSI valve . WOG is not a rating but stands for water , oil, gas .
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  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 3,008
    What valve should I use for the first valve after the meter on my water service? I need to replace the 70 year old gate valve that has some sort of a spot where it jumps and chatters as you open or close it. I want to use a full port ball valve(unless a gate valve is better for some reason), but what makes it the highest quality?
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 9,014
    I would use a good quality full port ball valve. I like Apollo valves but there are others
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 11,567
    mattmia2 said:

    What valve should I use for the first valve after the meter on my water service? I need to replace the 70 year old gate valve that has some sort of a spot where it jumps and chatters as you open or close it. I want to use a full port ball valve(unless a gate valve is better for some reason), but what makes it the highest quality?

    I believe I used an Apollo 77FLF-100 series valve before my meter. I think part 77FLF-104-01.
    They aren't easy to come by and they aren't cheap. I think the 3/4" version cost me around $30 all said and done but I'm sure I also had to pay shipping on top of that.

    Don't forget even the best valves need to be exercised or they turn to garbage in time.



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  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 9,014
    Apollo also makes "Apollo International" line of valves which are a little cheaper. They seem ok from what I have seen
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 14,786
    The manufacturing quality is as important as the rating numbers on the side. So I would also stick with a brand name. I like Jomar, and Italian made valve.

    Nibco is pushing this new design high performance valve.

    Seems to be a trend in laser welded valves, lately, as the Loctite threaded assembly seam is often the source of a leak on ball valves, especially the bargin priced ones..

    I think inactivity is the demise of most ball valves, they scale up in the open position then snap when forced to move. ideally the valve would be exercised on fresh water application especially.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
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    Living the hydronic dream
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  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 3,008
    Who thought putting the solder cup this close to the seat on a copper union was a good idea?

  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 3,008
    Before:


    and after:


    Is there any chance the white fiberous packing i dug out of that gate valve on the service that is from 1950 so i could repack it wasn't asbestos?

    On an unrelated note, how long does it take the big roll of blue monster teflon tape dropped in to a bucket of water to dry out?
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 3,008
    The 2 valves on the customer side give me 3 total chances to shut off the water in an emergency and the 3 way valve both lets me drain the system at that point and it lets me turn off the system to work on it but still lets me use the tap as a source of water.
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