Ball Valves

  • How to Crack a Perfect Valve

    What causes cracked valves? This week, we’re focusing on how to crack a valve. Crazy? No, not really. To learn how to protect a valve, we need to understand why do valves have cracks. So instead of increasing your risk of cracking a valve, you could actually increase the life...
  • Are Heavier Valves Better?

    Bigger, oftentimes, does not mean better.  I know, sometimes that fact can be tough to admit, especially for a company based out of Texas. But, alas, it is true. In the industrial design and engineering world, products have consistently been shedding excess weight and unnecessary materials while increasing strength and...
  • Mommy, Daddy, Where Do Valves Come From?

    Most people have had that moment where they are asked how valves came to be.  It can be a stressful, awkward conversation; but I am here today to tell you it doesn’t have to be. In this article, we will equip you with a few pointers that can guide you...
  • Why Do I Need To Use Teflon Tape With NPT?

    There are a variety of pipe thread types that can be used in the world of fittings, valves, and threaded pipes but the two most popular in the United States are NPT and NPTF. NPT stands for national pipe thread and is by far the more common of the two...
  • Why You Should Never Open Any Two-Piece Ball Valve

    Our two-piece ball valves are rock stars that are used in numerous applications. They are utilized in applications for hydraulics, oil and gas, food and beverage processing, water systems, and more. One question that we encounter with our customers across these industries is whether or not you should open a two-piece ball valve once it has been...
  • 3 Tips For Valve Maintenance

    Valve maintenance is important.  The lifespan of a valve depends on its ability to function as intended. If not cared for properly there can be many undesirable, costly, and even potentially dangerous consequences. Plus valves have feelings and need attention too; but I digress. Despite the wide variety of valves...
  • Irrigation: Valves That Make It Rain

    Whether you are maintaining a sprinkler system in your backyard, running an irrigation system for agricultural crops, or keeping a greenhouse green, there are many different issues that must be managed to keep everything healthy and thriving. One of those issues is knowing how to choose the right parts for...
  • How does a 3 way ball valve work?

  • Nickel-Plated Valves: What is Nickel Plating?

    Nickel-plated brass is an underrated option when it comes to valves. Combining the high shine of stainless steel with nickel-plating adds some of the anti-corrosion properties at a cost similar to brass. Nickel-plated brass is a product that should be explored further. So, that’s what we’re going to do today. Let’s start...
  • Lead-Free Brass - What is it? Why Buy It?

    In November, DuraChoice Co will unveil a new line of lead-free brass ball valves. I thought this would be a good time to go over what exactly “lead-free” means and why it’s important to have a lead-free brass option. DuraChoice begins shipping its new lead-free brass ball valves in November. The...

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