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  • Supply House Rant

    I call 3 local BIG supply houses today, all I need is Sched 80 pipe and steel fittings, special order WTF. I say screw the pipe because I can get it from the steel yard and ask for weld fittings, a week out on them. I give up, if they want to sell Sched 40 chinese junk let em' I wont be using any of it.

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    my boss said i have a copper job coming up and he said he wants me to solder the copper because he had to bid it close . i said how many times do i have to tell you that pro press id cheaper.
    i said to him that the copper fittings we are getting tale a lot of solder to fill them because they are not snug on the pipe and on one job i had 6 leaks . i never have leaks well almost .
    cheep fittings are making our jobs harder
    Charlie

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      So you're not very good at soldering if you had six leaks and you rely on the pro-press now?

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        Originally posted by TozziWelding View Post
        I call 3 local BIG supply houses today, all I need is Sched 80 pipe and steel fittings, special order WTF. I say screw the pipe because I can get it from the steel yard and ask for weld fittings, a week out on them. I give up, if they want to sell Sched 40 chinese junk let em' I wont be using any of it.
        what is the pipe use? What pressure ?
        I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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          Originally posted by dlarrivee View Post
          So you're not very good at soldering if you had six leaks and you rely on the pro-press now?
          i have been soldering for over 25 years and if you saw how loose the fittings were on the pipe you would know what i was up agenst
          the fittings were cheep
          the pressure was no more then 20 psi and it was for a heating system

          and when the Pro Press fittings come to the USA to press black pipe i will use them also because im getting more black fittings with pin holes and the taps are not straight so uou thread a nipple in it and it shoots off to the side
          Last edited by HVAC HAWK; 01-30-2012, 09:43 PM.
          Charlie

          My seek the peek fundraiser page
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            Originally posted by dlarrivee View Post
            So you're not very good at soldering if you had six leaks and you rely on the pro-press now?
            I have to agree with HVAC HAWK I too have seen over the last ten years a decline in quality fittings. We did a military project about nine years ago that was all two inch. We did not supply the fittings they did through there supplier, (one hundred miles away I might add) The fittings were so sloppy I would venture to guess that 30% of the joints leaked. It was the only job I have ever been on in my entire life that we had leaks. It was so bad that we had to stay on the base two extra days. At least they let us stay in the BOQ's, and gave us meal tickets for the mess hall, plus picked up the tab on all the labor. After that project I made it a company policy that on any project where someone else was providing the pipe and it did not come from one of our current vendors, we would void the installation based on any leaks that might develop, or they had the option of letting us supply it. Everyone so far has opted for us to supply it and so far no problems.
            Last edited by Watersurgeon; 01-31-2012, 12:44 AM.

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              all the fittings that leaked for me was on 2" also
              Charlie

              My seek the peek fundraiser page
              http://observatory.mountwashington.o...nal&fr_id=1040


              http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php

              new work pictures 12/09
              http://public.fotki.com/hvachawk/

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              • #8
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                I am done with plumbing supply houses, I found a PIPE supply house that had what I needed Sched 80 seamless in stock with 3000PSI fittings and a knowledgeable sales staff.

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by tozziwelding View Post
                  i am done with plumbing supply houses, i found a pipe supply house that had what i needed sched 80 seamless in stock with 3000psi fittings and a knowledgeable sales staff.
                  boston ??
                  I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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ID:	15984Propress is the only way to go. New tempering valve 1 1/4". In an apartment complex, cold ball valve on leaking by would have taken several hours to solder in would have had to shut down entire building and drain cold water. Propressed it, in less than 2 hrs start to finish. Notice the propress checks on the hot and cold water. Water dripping who cares let it drip. Fit it up and press it. No runs, no leaks and no HEADACHES. Love my propress.
                    WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE,
                    ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE

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