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Vacuum Breakers from Home Improvement Stores

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by rkelachim, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. rkelachim

    rkelachim LawnSite Member
    from IA
    Messages: 8

    Anyone know if the vacuum breakers sold at Lowe's, Home Depot, and the like are contractor quality?

    I know the home improvement stores heads, valves, and such are lesser quality than from supply houses. Is the same true for Backflow Prevention devices?
  2. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,221

    I know they both sell the the Febco PVB and RP that I use and get from my suppliers. Same product.
  3. maintenanceguy

    maintenanceguy LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 156

    It may be the same but I know that Moen, the faucet manufacturer used to produce faucets for Home Depot that had the same model numbers and packaging as the faucets from the plumbing supply houses.

    But there was often an "H" in the part number and although these faucets looked exactly the same, many parts that were chromed brass on the supply house model were plastic on the HD model.

    I bought a case of faucets once thinking I was getting a good deal and had the difference explained to me by the manufacturer's rep when I complained.

    I've been skeptical of big box store "brand name" products ever since.
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,597

    Just how much money do you stand to save with home center backflow?
  5. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,593

    Well, if he doesn't get a contractors discount at supply houses, I would guess about 40%.
  6. rkelachim

    rkelachim LawnSite Member
    from IA
    Messages: 8

    I probably won't save much of anything at the home store...It's less of a cost issue and more of a convenience issue (I'm only installing one system). If they're the same quality product, I'd just pick it up at Lowe's. If they're lesser quality, I'd just assume spend a little more and travel a little further to pick up a good quality vacuum breaker...
  7. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    I have bought them at Lowes and HD....in a pinch and far from the supply house...I hope they're the same....
  8. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,931

    Since it is a device that concerns the safety of the water supply, I would not be soo weary of buying the same device at a big box store or from the irrigation supply house such as Ewing, JDL or Horizon.

    Because we are talking about safety vs operational quality, it would just seem common sense.
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Compare the model numbers. If they are the same as the manufacturers published model numbers, then there is no reason not to trust what your getting from the big box.

    It is when the model numbers differ (suffix added on the the model number, etc..) that you need to wonder if your not getting a piece of junk specially made for the distributor.

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