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The golden rule of plumbing is that every job takes three trips to the store. While this can be frustrating locally it can be much worse when shopping online. Being short a fitting or two can delay a plumbing project for days. Here are some quick tips to avoid this.
- Plan your plumbing on paper
- Don't skimp on unions. Unions allow for easy breakdown and maintenance as well as remove the need for precise elbow placement. Use them as often as possible.
- When in doubt order extra. We happily accept returns for a full refund (less shipping) on all unused fittings within one month of purchase. A few extra bucks in return shipping is less frustrating than a project delay.
Hit or miss By Chefbill on 3/13/2017Chefbill would recommend this product to a friendI have purchased a few of these and never had a problem. The last one I received was broken inside by the threads that hold it together. Of course Bulk reef made good with no questions asked. got the replacement in two days.
Spend the extra and get the Spears By David G. on 9/26/2016David G. wouldn't recommend this product to a friendSeals started dripping after 4 years of use as a gate valve to control herbie overflow. Like most things, it caused way more damage than it would have to just get the best. Plus, the time it takes to re-plumb a replacement.
Don't skimp, get the best available.
Leaks from the top By Ramshock4932 on 9/1/2016Ramshock4932 wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI would not recommend this gate valve. I wanted to use it for a manifold off of a MagDrive 12. It leaked from the top of the valve. After tightening it still leaked. It wasnt just a drop here and there it was a LEAK. Either mine was missing a O-ring or they are just garbage. After getting frustrated, I ended up over tightening the top and ruining the valve. WATER EVERYWHERE!
It works ok. By MateoD on 1/11/2016MateoD would recommend this product to a friendDoes not have as much fine control as I was hoping, but does the job.
A must have... By LL on 6/13/2015LL would recommend this product to a friendThese gates work great. BTW if you are doing your own plumbing there is a great guide here:
Narrow Channel By MKaplan on 1/20/2015MKaplan would recommend this product to a friendThis valve looks fine. I bought it in 3/4" only discover that due to the way the internals are structured it narrows to no more than a half inch where the valve crosses the fitting. Kinda regretting that I got the 3/4" now instead of getting a 1" with a reducer.
Does the job By John on 11/29/2014John would recommend this product to a friendI recently purchased the 1/2" version for controlling tee'd return pump water feeding my BRS carbon/gfo reactor. It's working fine, allowing for much finer adjustments than the ball valve I was previously using. I was a little concerned in that I noticed an oil on the inside gate valve, apparently to provide smooth operation. I tried to clean this off best I could prior to installing and hoped that it would not have a negative affect on the fish/corals. It has been approximately two weeks now and everything seems fine. I had also purchased a 1" valve almost two years ago for my herbie system and it is still working fine.
Good valve for a good price By Brandon on 11/12/2014Brandon would recommend this product to a friendJust make sure you loosen it up a bit before using. They come screwed on so tight that the knobs seize up.
Valve arrived damaged By Edgar on 10/21/2014Edgar wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought two of these back in January (1" and 3/4"). I took a lot longer than expected to set up my last tank, and while doing so I realized that the 1 inch valve that I received was not working, the handle was able to turn but not open. I took it apart and noticed that the threads in the stem were all worn out.
Luckily, I tried to open it before gluing it. Moreover, it seems to me like they are a bit overpriced. I cannot recommend this product.
Adjusts well. does the job By Daniel on 10/16/2014Daniel would recommend this product to a friendFor a good price, you can get this fully functional gate valve. Easy to adjust. It isn't as precise as a higher priced valve, but if you can deal with just a little more twitchy tuning, this is the one.
Personally I think it's perfect.
its ok By pcrain on 3/7/2014pcrain would recommend this product to a friendGreat for dialing in my herbie ! Wish it was a bit smoother hard to do small adjustments that way I gave it a 4. I would have liked to grab the higher quality gate valve but this works just fine.
Great for overflow control By Martin on 1/30/2014Martin would recommend this product to a friendUsed this gate valve to control my herbie main overflow and works great. Dialed in the exact flow I was lookin for. Highly reconmend.