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Wednesday, July 29th 2015, 6:39pm

Threaded male valves vs. threaded female valves: pros/cons or advantages/disadvantages?

Other than the male valves not asking for directions and the female valves talking incessantly, what are the benefits/drawbacks of either? I'm thinking in terms of installation, durability, reliability, maintainability, and eventual replacement of the system.

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Friday, July 31st 2015, 8:06pm

Little to no difference in dependability. If using poly line, the male by barb valves are a time/money saver. If using PVC lines, the female by female valves are used most frequently. No reason for a male by male, just seems unnatural.

Keep in mind, valves are made to be serviceable. Very few reasons to have to replace an entire valve body.

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