Just my 2 cents on the big box stores. But I try to trade with those who trade with me.
I don't need to spend my hard earned money where they tell my potential customers to forget the plumber.
The following is a quote from their website.
"Need to replace your toilet? Forget the plumber! Watch this video and learn how to easily do it yourself".
Copy and paste this link to your browser and see what I mean.
I guess I am done buying Watts, especially since they appear to be made in China. The 009s need to be thrown out if they do not test well or they leak. I will never rebuild one again, it is a waste of time, especially the smaller sizes.
Does anyone have any experience with the Zurn 375 RPZ. Is it as good as Zurn says it is? Does it come apart as easily as it is supposed to.
Watts RPZ's and the majority of their back flow products are manufactured right here in New Hampshire.
At one time, a few years ago they were labeled as being either made in Mexico or assembled in Mexico (I forget which) but the newer ones are of Chinese manufacture. If you look at the picture originally posted for this thread, the labels and boxes appear to be of Chinese printing and I will bet that the box is labeled "China", that is, the box manufacturer's stamp on the bottom.The products are probably labeled China as well. I will check my local Lowes to see if these are on the shelves.
It is very sad to me that so much is being produced in China today. It is ironic that their quality is improving on some products so that we can not even accurately complain about the " junk" that they produce. We are losing our manufacturing assets while they are building new, modern plants with our money, dies, molds, and hired know-how.
Went to Loews today.
The products on the shelves with old dating may have been made in USA. The products with labels dated since 2008 said "Made In China" Some of the products did not say where they were made but the quality of some of the components was definitely NOT of U.S. made quality.
The RPZs were in sealed boxes and I didn't have the guts to open them up. The boxes were made in the U.S., but the labels looked like they were printed elsewhere. Stay tuned for further developments:D