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  1. #1
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    Ball valve hoses

    I'm looking into purchasing some new hoses. I'm definitely going with a ball valve set up this time around.

    I just don't know if I should invest the $90 for the ball valve hose set or use regular hoses with ball valve adapters.

    I've read a few posts on here about the inability to fix a leak on the valve handle if it happens. Personally I would be extremely irritated with that seeing as how my $30 hose would be trash.

    I'm leaning towards the adapters so if anything happens I could replace just the adapter if it's not repairable.

    I'm not overly concerned with a potential leak source at the hose to adapter fitting. I don't use the hoses for pulling a vacuum.

    What does everybody think?

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  2. #2
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    Been using a set of NRP ball valve hoses for probably longer than I should have.

    No valve leaks to speak of. Keep the little screw tight and you'll be OK.

    I know guys who do it both ways. I don't like constantly fiddling with connections to make sure they're tight.

  3. #3
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    I don't care for fiddling with connections, either.

    With your endorsement, I think I will just spring for the ball valve hoses.

    Maybe buy a three pack of the adapters for redundancy down the road.

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  4. #4
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    I use the separate ball valves.

    WARNING- don't leave valves closed when not in use. The pressure of refer sealed inside ball has blown the seals in some of mine.
    Col 3:23


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  5. #5
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    How'd that happen? Hose full of liquid 410 in a 120 degree van?

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  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by billygoat22 View Post
    I use the separate ball valves.

    WARNING- don't leave valves closed when not in use. The pressure of refer sealed inside ball has blown the seals in some of mine.
    Ditto.

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    shellkamp, ive got a set id like to sell (new) message me if you are interested

  8. #8
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    Wasn't hot out, but they still developed leak. I think if you catch some liquid in there, that's the issue
    Col 3:23


    questions asked, answers received, ignorance abated

  9. #9
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    Ball valve hoses

    I use seperate black nrp hoses with yj ball valves.

    Sometimes you cant get a ball valve on a port and you need to take it off.

    Also, if one leaks, you can take it off and replace it


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