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    DIY Senior Member SteveW's Avatar
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    Default Recommendations for washing machine shutoff

    I have a washing machine box with 2 old boiler drains on the side and the drain in the middle. Since the boiler drains are so cumbersome to shut off, we never do so (unless we go on vacation). I'd like to switch out the boiler drains with modern ball valves to make it easier to shut off the water to the washing machine after we use it.

    The boilder drains are 1/2" MIP screwed into female copper sweat adapters. I tried to loosen the valves in order to replace them with 1/4 turn ball valves but couldn't get them loose, mostly due to the small size of the box.

    Now, I am intending to replace the whole box and valves. I was wondering what others' experience is about the advantages of separate ball valves vs. the "all in one" double valve, where you use a lever to shut off hot and cold water at the same time. Are there any differences in reliability between these alternatives?

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    You can try one of these...


    Automatically shuts the water off after every use... easy to install also...
    Last edited by Chris75; 08-25-2007 at 08:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveW
    I was wondering what others' experience is about the advantages of separate ball valves vs. the "all in one" double valve, where you use a lever to shut off hot and cold water at the same time. Are there any differences in reliability between these alternatives?
    I'd use the double valve. Then lever is much more convenient to operate then two quarter turn boiler trains. As far as reliability goes they're both ball valves and should last a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris75
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    IntelliFlow™ Systems
    A2C-M1 Surface mount system - solder - with leak sensor
    A2C-WB-M1 Recessed mount with wall box - solder and/or thread - with leak sensor

    Retrofit Kits - for use with the valves shown above
    KA2-BD For straight or angled shutoffs - includes glue
    KA2-A Standard surface mount
    KA2-R To adapt to existing wall box with single lever
    washing machine valve


    A2-IntelliTimer A remote timer which allows the IntelliFlow® to be used in applications where a combination washer/dryer is 220 VAC powered. Activation of the push button on the timer causes current flow, which is detected by the Intelliflow® then actuates the solenoid valves, allowing water to flow to the washing machine. This also begins a timing sequence of two hours, which, upon its completion de-energizes the IntelliFlow®.


    Chris, do you know more, or did you just happen across it?


    David
    p.s. congratulations on becoming a member.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geniescience
    IntelliFlow™ Systems
    A2C-M1 Surface mount system - solder - with leak sensor
    A2C-WB-M1 Recessed mount with wall box - solder and/or thread - with leak sensor

    Retrofit Kits - for use with the valves shown above
    KA2-BD For straight or angled shutoffs - includes glue
    KA2-A Standard surface mount
    KA2-R To adapt to existing wall box with single lever
    washing machine valve


    A2-IntelliTimer A remote timer which allows the IntelliFlow® to be used in applications where a combination washer/dryer is 220 VAC powered. Activation of the push button on the timer causes current flow, which is detected by the Intelliflow® then actuates the solenoid valves, allowing water to flow to the washing machine. This also begins a timing sequence of two hours, which, upon its completion de-energizes the IntelliFlow®.


    Chris, do you know more, or did you just happen across it?


    David
    p.s. congratulations on becoming a member.

    I've seen these used on jobs where the plumber could not make the water shutoff accessible.... they seem to work fine....

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