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Starting a home plumbing kit. Where to buy supplies?

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Starting a home plumbing kit. Where to buy supplies?

Hi guys,

Wanted to start a little home plumbing kit with basic copper fittings and soldering stuff etc. Is it cheaper to get the propack containers from homedepot or should i go to a supplier such as noble? Ive always boughten one or two pieces at a time but id like to have a small container of each in case of emergencies and to do small plumbing fixes for friends/family. Suppliers normally dont advertise prices but a box of 25 1/2" copper elbows was roughly $20 from HD.

Thanks
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Stick to box stores. Suppliers such as Noble, Next, Wolseley etc. cater to trade accounts that buy in volume and their discounts are based on just that. Items sold are based of “list price” and the discounts given to trade accounts are off “list prices” and the item you’re buying. Discount will be larger for commonly used items such as fittings and discount will be less for things such as fixtures. If you know anything about list prices you will know that they are overly inflated.
Often times I notice that certain things are cheaper at HD anyway.
A 1/2 copper 90 is 54 cents at Wolseley after my trade discount

Homeowners or what they call “cash accounts” who attempt to purchase will typically be charged based off of list price, unless the store manager authorizes some sort of discount, which can happen but seldom does
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Just buy 4 or 5 of each common fitting, doubt you'll need a pack of 20 for emergency use
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Red_Army wrote: Stick to box stores. Suppliers such as Noble, Next, Wolseley etc. cater to trade accounts that buy in volume and their discounts are based on just that. Items sold are based of “list price” and the discounts given to trade accounts are off “list prices” and the item you’re buying. Discount will be larger for commonly used items such as fittings and discount will be less for things such as fixtures. If you know anything about list prices you will know that they are overly inflated.
Often times I notice that certain things are cheaper at HD anyway.
A 1/2 copper 90 is 54 cents at Wolseley after my trade discount

Homeowners or what they call “cash accounts” who attempt to purchase will typically be charged based off of list price, unless the store manager authorizes some sort of discount, which can happen but seldom does

Thanks for the tips, good points!!
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People still use copper fittings? Copper joints last 100 yrs so you can't be very busy.
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Carcross wrote: People still use copper fittings? Copper joints last 100 yrs so you can't be very busy.
Actually for my own home, I only use copper and soldered joints.

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Buy some of those SharkBite end stops. 1/2" and 3"4.

It'll save you from having to leave the water off to your entire house while you figure out the problem and fix it.
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Carcross wrote: People still use copper fittings? Copper joints last 100 yrs so you can't be very busy.
t3359 wrote: Actually for my own home, I only use copper and soldered joints.

bjl
Same here, I am not going to replumb the entire house with PEX so there is already copper might as well just continue using it. I also enjoy soldering lol, very relaxing to me.
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RCGA wrote: Buy some of those SharkBite end stops. 1/2" and 3"4.

It'll save you from having to leave the water off to your entire house while you figure out the problem and fix it.
Very true. I always have those in my bag for emergencies
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kammj1 wrote: Same here, I am not going to replumb the entire house with PEX so there is already copper might as well just continue using it. I also enjoy soldering lol, very relaxing to me.
You enjoy the flux fumes like me, eh? :)

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Try www.pexhouse.com they have some killer prices on plumbing parts. A lot of their ABS fittings (ie. 1.5" elbows) are 1/4 of the price of a big box store.

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Go get a Map gas torch though. Holy crap what a difference when I got mine for DIY use.

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