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  • Foot Valves offer clean, consistent flow

    Need help pumping particulate-free water? You might try using a foot valve. Notice that this foot valve consists of a brass check valve and a stainless steel strainer. What are foot valves? Foot Valves are basically the marriage of a check valve (two varieties of which I wrote about a...
  • Y-Strainers: Keeping Things Clean

    A customer called in the other day and asked questions about our Y-Strainers. He wanted to keep some of the rust from his old water heater out of his pipes. He said that he wanted an easy solution to keep his pipes cleaner and to keep his shower heads from...
  • "Y" Not Discuss The Y-Check Valve

    We’ve talked about spring-assisted check valves. They are the “quiet” option when it comes to backflow prevention. A spring loaded disc presses against a disc seat, allowing only fluids or gasses that reach a certain pressure through. They are faster-closing and more secure than swing check valves at low pressure, while...
  • Check Valves: Plumbing's One-Way Street (Part 2)

    Brass Spring Assisted Check Valve Last time, we talked about the benefits of check valves in stopping backflow. The benefit is simple to explain. You don’t want contaminants to back up into the line, creating problems. That blog post focused on swing check valves, which are probably the simplest...
  • Swing Check Valves: Plumbing's One-Way Street (Part 1)

    DuraChoice's Brass Swing Check Valve So, let’s say you have a project that needs something to flow out but not in. It could be in a plumbing system, to keep contaminated water from seeping back into the clean water supply. Maybe you need to keep gasses from mixing in...
  • Three-Way Ball Valves: A Great Diversion

    This is the front view of a 3 Way Ball Valve. Everyone loves a good diversion. For some, it’s a good book. For others, it’s a sappy romantic comedy. For industrial materials (water, oil, gas, solvents, etc.), it’s probably a three-way ball valve. Three-way (3-Way) ball valves are the...
  • DuraChoice unveils new high pressure ball valves

    DuraChoice Manufacturing recently added seven new high pressure ball valves, which are great for the oil and gas industry, to its product lineup. And you can get them now at DirectMaterial.com. With pressure ratings up to 6,000 PSI, they are suitable for oil fields and many high pressure applications. And...
  • Stainless Steel Types: 304 vs 316

    So you need a ball valve. Are there any differences between the 304 vs 316 stainless steel? If so, why do they matter? The simple answer is yes, these types of steel function differently. And yes, they definitely matter if you are concerned about corrosion. Stainless steel parts contain at...
  • Full Port or Standard Port: What’s right for you?

    Most full port valves are ball valves that come in several types of metals, such as brass or stainless steel. Full port valves, also known as full bore valves, have no restriction of flow from the original pipe diameter. That means the full port valve will maintain a consistent flow rate...

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