Originally Posted by Myers
I don't buy fixtures at Home Depot -- but that's because they don't have what I want. Aren't the brand name products from companies like Moen okay?
What's an example of something I shouldn't buy? Something like toilet replacement parts? And I bought a kit to replace the little faucet and line that goes to my refrigerator -- wouldn't that be okay?
The parts seem pretty rudimentary. I guess I don't understand what could go wrong. But that could very well be because I don't know what the hell I'm doing.
Moen and Delta and Kohler and American Standard all manufacture products for Home Depot or Lowes, etc. only. They actually subcontract the manufacturing to a company called Globe Union, which makes almost every home stores house brands. The stuff is junk, made with inferior brass and plastic shit.
So... in short... if you buy Moen from a home store it's not really a Moen.
There are qualities of brass. It ranges from cheap as shit remanufactured scrap brass, to the good stuff that will last decades. Same with Cooper, steel, bronze, and stainless products.
The only think I buy from Home Depot is 2 x 4's and caulking. Everything else is Chinese knock-off junk. Even their tools are made for their stores only. Brands like Milwaukee, Dewalt, Rigid, all proprietary bullshit. Breaks down in a few months of use.
A reputable supply house will not sell this junk. The difference between a Home Depot Milwaukee Sawzall and a real one are night and day.