1/4" x 1/4" Copper Tube Size Qest Acetal In Line Globe Shut Off Valve
Does "globe" mean it's a ball valve? Only requires a quarter turn?
Does Qest Acetal mean it's plastic?
I need an inline valve for the water to my humidifier (because the
original valve has become inaccessible), and there are a lot
available, but I would like a ball valve, and I might like one with a
mounting bracket although I guess I could make one for it pretty
I bought one at Home Depot, but it has that T-handle** like in a
saddle valve that I think you have to turn and turn and turn to turn
off the water. Or is this valve going to work better than the saddle
**I wanted to show you a picture of it, but of course their webpage
doesn't have it, even though the store did. But Lowes has one much
Actually, it was 140 different 1/4 valves, though I didnt' look all
the way to the end of the list. (I didnt' search for 1/4" because I
wasnt' sure how to write it, so 1/4 probably includes 1 1/4 and 2 1/4
Like a lot of places they won't tell you the shipping charge before
you give them your credit card number, but it turns out, they won't
tell you before you complete the order!! Maybe not until you get the
credit card bill.
But everyone agrees they are normal price or downright cheap.
As others have pointed out, a "globe valve" ain't a ball valve.
The globe valve is you basic bottom on the line brass valve. The hollow
"globe" is where the metering of the fluid takes place. Typicall the
water flows into the bottom of the globe. A partition with a hole is the
"valve seat." The valve stem enters from the top.
The true "globe valve" is "in-line." From the side you can see the basic
Some "gate valves" have some of the shape features of a globe valve.
Modern plastics make the ball valve just about the only way to go for full
on OR full off valves. The globe valve is good as a metering valve.
After some service they often don't provide leak proof shut off.
Globe valve is not a ball valve.
Not the best choice for a shutoff.
Acetal (resin) is the generic / scientific name for Delrin
(the brand name of Dupont's acetal resin?)
Brasscraft makes a lot 1/4 turn (ball) shutoff valves
but the one's I'm familiar with are typically for angle stop use not
inline or bracket mount. :(
I would suggest sticking with 1/4 turn ball shutoff (all metal) and
rigging your own bracket or foregoing one.
How often are your going to turn it on & off? You can always just
grab the valve body & turn the stem.
If cannot find exactly what you want I'd suggest a "straight" angle
Confusing. There should be federal regulation of the use of English
I thought early on I saw one with a bracket, but yes, I'll make my
Every spring and fall, and in between if it's not working right or I
feel the need to change the number of plate. (which determines how
much humidity is added). It looks like even with the new furnace, I'm
not going to be able to use a fancy humidifier like I wanted, with a
humidistat and electricity, that would be connected to the furnace and
not run in the summer, and which would turn off the humidifier (I
think) or if I turned off the furnace.
There are still only 3 inches' clearance, and the fancy ones need at
least 9. But the one I have only needs an inch and a half! And
last night I found that the model I've been using for the last 25
years is still for sale**. Plus it's shorter and narrower and
doesn't even have to go behind the flue. But the only way to turn it
off is to turn off the water.
When I installed it, the saddke valve I put in was easy enough to
reach, just stand on a ladder, but I've filled the space in front of
it with pieces of plywood, lumber, and miscellaneous. So now I'll
put the valve on a bracket an inch or two from the big heating duct
and ten inches from the humidifier.
**I looked for the company about 7 years ago and couldnt' find
anything on the web about it. The web was already big then, but
established manufacturers that sold only wholesale (except for repair
parts) could deal with the same buyers and get along without a
webpage. But now it has one complete with catalog, specs, individual
items, etc. Although even now, when I google, it's about 10th or
20th down from the top, even though the entries higher up are also
about it. Usually google puts the actual company website first.
It still sells mine and it sells lots of new fancy models. It seems
before all I could find was Aprilaire and Honeywell.
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