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Old 07-01-2014, 05:45 PM
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Febco PVB Bonnets

I have noticed a few aftermarket bonnets/poppets when testing. They test fine and appear to better than OEM.

http://www.blue-heron-products.com/

http://www.yellowjacketbackflowrepair.com/

http://www.febcoonline.com/Featured/...5_Repair_Parts
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:38 PM
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Initially maybe but not after a few months. I haven't had a single one that was more than 6 weeks old pass.

Not to mention, when you put aftermarket parts in, it's no longer and approved device. I'll stick to OEM parts.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:59 PM
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Initially maybe but not after a few months. I haven't had a single one that was more than 6 weeks old pass.

Not to mention, when you put aftermarket parts in, it's no longer and approved device. I'll stick to OEM parts.
I'm not sure that is true.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:23 PM
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Either am I. We use the blue heron ones, I haven't had one fail all year.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:26 PM
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Either am I. We use the blue heron ones, I haven't had one fail all year.
Yea, but do you test them?
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:07 AM
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Initially maybe but not after a few months. I haven't had a single one that was more than 6 weeks old pass.

Not to mention, when you put aftermarket parts in, it's no longer and approved device. I'll stick to OEM parts.
I'm also not sure about it no longer being an approved device. A few years ago the south had the bad freeze and the dealers couldn't get enough bonnets on the shelves. Their was a shortage and both my suppliers brought in an after market kit. We didn't see any difference in quality.
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:52 AM
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The Febco parts are made from polycarbonate plastic (bulletproof windows)
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:03 PM
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I'm also not sure about it no longer being an approved device. A few years ago the south had the bad freeze and the dealers couldn't get enough bonnets on the shelves. Their was a shortage and both my suppliers brought in an after market kit. We didn't see any difference in quality.
The device is tested and approved with the parts the manufacturer sends it with, not aftermarket parts. It's just like orientation of the device, if it isn't approved to be installed vertically and you install it vertically, then it isn't acceptable. It might pass testing in the field but it wasn't tested/approved for installation that way so you can't do it. That the suppliers brought aftermarket parts in to make $$$$ does not mean that it's OK to install them.

I have yet to see one of the blue kits pass testing after being installed a month or so. I've seen them stick closed and I've also seen them leak, A LOT. I fail them on devices I test simply because they're not OEM parts and the device wasn't tested with them for approval. If you install them or test and pass them and there's a backflow incident, who do you think they're going to come after. I promise, you'll be one of them. If you install an OEM part and there's an incident, at least you will have the benefit of saying that it's the same part the device was approved with.

Everybody needs to make their own risk decisions, for me this is a risk not worth taking.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:22 AM
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We have been using the blue heron's for a few yrs now.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:05 AM
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The aftermarket parts have kept Febco from charging even more than they already do for those bonnets.
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