How Are Those BrassCraft Faux Stainless Braided Lines?

 
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
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How Are Those BrassCraft Faux Stainless Braided Lines?


I bought 'em thinking they are stainless steel. First glance, you won't know it. They're made for toilets, faucets as well as water heaters.

http://www.brasscraft.com/pdf/0645_SpeediPlumbPlus.pdf

It is braided and has a shiny look just like stainless steel, but its not. It's plastic, or "engineered polymer braid" as they call it. It is sold side by side with regular white plastic flexible supply lines. They cost more than the regular white ones.

You'll know right away when you touch it, because, it doesn't have the cold feel of metal.

It's produced under patents owned by Mexicans 5,803,129 and from the patent filing, it claims:

Improved flexibility increased resistivity to internal pressure and rupture, simplified manufacturing methods, decreased manufacturing costs, decreased weight, and increased resistance to corrosion. Also provided is a novel electrically-insulating connection between a city water main or other water supply line and an appliance such as a water heater. Stainless steel hoses are susceptible to corrosion under certain conditions.

I think the highlighted part are the real motives for BrassCraft though. I don't know why they chose shiny stainless steel like appearance instead of white, blue, hot or the like unless they were specifically trick people into thinking they're SS.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:53 PM   #2
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I think they are a cheap imitation to SS lines.

That said, I've never seen one burst.......yet.

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I think they are a cheap imitation to SS lines.

That said, I've never seen one burst.......yet.
They haven't been around that long YET. I was a little PO'd because I didn't realize it isn't SS after I bought it. That's the only part that annoys me, that they're purposely making it look just like SS.
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Good old fashioned chrome plated copper supplies for this cat.

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So the US Made stainless steel look alike plastic lines or China Made real braided stainless steel lines. What do you guys prefer?
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So the US Made stainless steel look alike plastic lines or China Made real braided stainless steel lines. What do you guys prefer?
Plated copper, usually in polished Nickel.
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Plated copper, usually in polished Nickel.
Even for dishwasher hookups?
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Even for dishwasher hookups?
Chrome or unplated for anything that is not exposed.
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Chrome or unplated for anything that is not exposed.
The same China stainless braided vs US faux stainless issue is still there with washer lines too. You're not going to tell me you hook up your washer using copper lines.
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The same China stainless braided vs US faux stainless issue is still there with washer lines too. You're not going to tell me you hook up your washer using copper lines.
I have in high rises where a failure could have extremely expensive results, but in most situations I don't hook up clothes washers, that is provided by whoever delivers the appliance, all I provide is the connection points.

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I have in high rises where a failure could have extremely expensive results, but in most situations I don't hook up clothes washers, that is provided by whoever delivers the appliance, all I provide is the connection points.
Way to dodge the issue on hand.
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Way to dodge the issue on hand.
What am I dodging?
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What am I dodging?
As far as flex lines are concerned, what is better, the BrassCraft US Made SS look alike polymer braided lines, or real stainless steel braided line that's Made in China (like Watts)
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As far as flex lines are concerned, what is better, the BrassCraft US Made SS look alike polymer braided lines, or real stainless steel braided line that's Made in China (like Watts)
I don't know, flex lines are not code approved in Chicago so I have never used them.
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I don't know, flex lines are not code approved in Chicago so I have never used them.
Should have just said that the first time.
PEX, flex lines... what else is not kosher in Chicago? Sounds to me the unions managed to outlaw practices that work just fine, but deskill the work in order to maintain jobs for skilled plumbers and steamfitters.
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Should have just said that the first time.
PEX, flex lines... what else is not kosher in Chicago? Sounds to me the unions managed to outlaw practices that work just fine, but deskill the work in order to maintain jobs for skilled plumbers and steamfitters.
If it burns it probably won't be code approved, high rises and fires are a recipe for disaster, especially when there is no way to get the people out if the fire exceeds the sixth floor, which is the height of the tallest ladder truck.
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I have in high rises where a failure could have extremely expensive results, but in most situations I don't hook up clothes washers, that is provided by whoever delivers the appliance, all I provide is the connection points.

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