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    What brand is considered easy to install yet is reliable?

    Moen? Delta? Grohe? Kohler?

    Any of the above to avoid?

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    It depends on the individual fixture. Every line has faucets that are simple to install, and also some that have many components and take more time and ability to install properly. I prefer Price Pfister for most applications other than tub/showers.

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    I need tub/shower and vanity sink fixtures. Is it better to purchase these at a plumbing supply shop or am I safe to buy them at HD? I have heard that the fixtures are lesser quality at big box stores but I don't know this for a fact.

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    I've seen $500 shower valves advertised, but bought $150-or-so valves at Lowe's. I like Moen. I think the big-box stores simply carry the less-expensive lines. You could go the Expo (HD's high-end outlet) and spend a lot more. Maybe it would be better, I don't know. I go for function rather than fancy design.

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    While not always true, the higher end lines tend to have more actual metal in them. The low-end stuff often has plastic parts, thinner castings (which may not include any brass - i.e., they're pot metal), and less durable finishes. This isn't always true. The mid-to-high end lines often are available with vacuum deposited, super hard finishes that are guaranteed not to tarnish, pit, or flake for life.
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    My experience has been that when customers buy their faucets at Home Depot, even if they are national brands that I would buy from a plumbing wholesaler, they have a much higher chance of getting a defective one, or one with missing parts. Things which seldom, if ever, happen with the trade version of the same faucet.

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