Mark Andy wrote:
> So what's the general group think on which type of valve to choose for
> house water lines? Gate (I think they are... The ones with the little
> handwheel) or 1/4 turn ball valves?
I'd go with ball valves. That's what I used on a water heater
installation a few weeks ago.
They open to practically a straight pipe for smooth flow channel and
least pressure drop. They're more simple than the gate -- no threads,
no stem packing, no channels or sealing edges for minerals or other crud
to latch onto. And I think there's little or no fluid pressure on the
stem, so they shouldn't have the leaks you complained of.