OT: Made in USA plumbing hardware!!!!

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Submitted by flu on April 6, 2012 - 10:08am

As a pigglord, I'm having to deal with a lot more issues with my primary than my rental..Go figure....

But anyway, regarding plumbing supplies...I was at home depot and was delighted to see that one particular manufacturer of plumbing hardware still makes stuff in the good ole USA.... Brasscraft...

Pricewise, almost the same. In my case, a supply line is like only 70 cents more (plus they give you two additional couplers!!! whoo hoo).

BrassCraft. $5.67 Made in USA

Other brands...Made Elsewhere... $4.87-4.98

That said. Buy good ole USA....

http://www.brasscraft.com/

And they have a manufacturing facility locally..Well, in Corona.

http://www.brasscraft.com/BuyAmerican.aspx

That is all.

Submitted by moneymaker on April 6, 2012 - 10:21am.

Good post! I've noticed more and more when I go to the store these days things actually are made here. I feel a lot better when I'm buying something made locally. So much of the stuff made over seas is cheap and doesn't last. It's not the manufacturers fault I feel so much as it is the company that is trying to squeeze each penny. Quality is out there it just seems it's harder to find.

Submitted by briansd1 on April 6, 2012 - 11:16am.

It makes no difference where a product is made as long as it's a quality product.

For the car heads here did you notice that headliners in US made cars, including Hondas, always fall apart after a few years? The seals around BMW windows also disintegrate after some years.

Double walled silicon vacuum hoses in Hondas last for decades. Those on Fords harden and become brittle.

Submitted by flu on April 6, 2012 - 12:01pm.

briansd1 wrote:
It makes no difference where a product is made as long as it's a quality product.

For the car heads here did you notice that headliners in US made cars, including Hondas, always fall apart after a few years? The seals around BMW windows also disintegrate after some years.

Double walled silicon vacuum hoses in Hondas last for decades. Those on Fords harden and become brittle.

Brian, you realize almost Hondas/Acuras sold in the US uses "Honda" labeled oil filters made in the usa by Fram for the longest time. The 15400-PLM-A01 (A02) is a Fram.... The exception would be the S2000 which uses the special filter made by FilTech (Japanese subsidiary in the US) 15400 -PCX-004 or something like that. Also
NSX uses a special filter, but those are dinosaurs now anyway.

Submitted by ucodegen on April 6, 2012 - 1:14pm.

Not all of brasscraft's stuff is made in America. I had problems with shutoff valves made by them. The threading on it was not NPT... it was off by 'just that much'.. and was made in China for brasscraft.

Submitted by CA renter on April 6, 2012 - 9:04pm.

Awesome, flu!

Yes, more and more things are being made in the USA. When we were doing our addition/remodel, we made a point of seeking out US-made materials, and were able to buy about 90% of everything made in the USA.

Everywhere we went, we made sure to tell them that we were looking for US-made goods. We had to walk out of a number of stores because they didn't carry any American products, but the extra effort was well worth it, IMHO. We always chatted with the salespeople about it, and they said that more and more people are making a point of buying US-made goods.

We can't rely on our corporate-owned politicians to fix our economy; we have to do it ourselves. IMHO, buying US-made products is the #1 way to pull ourselves out of this multi-decade (for most workers) economic downturn.

Cheers to you, flu! :)

Submitted by sdduuuude on April 6, 2012 - 11:16pm.

This is really the only comment I could think of:

I got yer Made in USA Plumbing Hardware right here, pal.

Submitted by Aecetia on April 23, 2012 - 10:22am.

Another Made in the USA sighting: Argee Corp. products. They are sold in the Home Depot, Sears, etc. They have a large line of products that are heavier gauge plastic than the made in China products.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/apr/...

Submitted by ocrenter on April 23, 2012 - 1:02pm.

I read the UT article this weekend too.

the amazing stat was 75% of all domestic goods are still made in this country even though there was a net loss of jobs in manufacturing. meaning the manufacturing sector simply got a lot better at automation and workers got more efficient.

If you just look at the per capita GDP of the Chinese coastal provinces, they have now become too expensive to have that competitive edge vs our highly efficient manufacturing sector. So factories are having to move into inland provinces. But once factories have to start moving inland, there's now another layer of transportation cost to deal with.

Submitted by flu on April 24, 2012 - 8:26am.

Good to know. any other made in usa local tidbits?

Submitted by RaymarkSen on May 3, 2012 - 4:22am.

HOnda geniue acesories and parts are very important to have in body as the performance depends on the original parts only. It is available in USA for sure

http://www.indiandrives.com/blog

Submitted by Aecetia on June 15, 2012 - 11:10am.

Made In America: "The unlikely partnership between Starbucks, with its 200,000 employees, and tiny American Mug grows out of the debate over outsourcing by American companies and what responsibility, if any, they bear for addressing the decline of the country’s job market."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/12/busine...

Submitted by CA renter on June 15, 2012 - 11:29pm.

Aecetia wrote:
Made In America: "The unlikely partnership between Starbucks, with its 200,000 employees, and tiny American Mug grows out of the debate over outsourcing by American companies and what responsibility, if any, they bear for addressing the decline of the country’s job market."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/12/business/starbucks-turns-to-ohio-not-china-for-coffee-mugs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&emc=eta1&adxnnlx=1339783259-jyJrIEF3byuU%20AFsDx0hUQ

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Wonderful! :)

I also highly recommend Fiestaware, which is made by the other company mentioned in the article. We've had a set for years, and I've even dropped the plates on our tile floor...and not a chip or crack. They are extremely well-made, and best of all...made in the USA.

Washington won't fix our economy. We have to do it ourselves. Make a point of shopping for US-made goods, and let retailers know what you're looking for. Tell them that you won't buy their products if they aren't made here.

Thanks for posting the article, Aecetia.

Submitted by Aecetia on June 17, 2012 - 12:19pm.

Thanks for posting about Fiestaware. I am always on the look out for a good product that is made in the USA. All our cars except for the old VW are made in the USA. 3 are GM. Not sure I would buy GM now though.

Submitted by AN on June 17, 2012 - 1:41pm.

Corelle dinnerware are also made in the USA. They're my favorite dinnerware.

Submitted by no_such_reality on July 26, 2012 - 8:33am.

sdduuuude wrote:
This is really the only comment I could think of:

I got yer Made in USA Plumbing Hardware right here, pal.

That's what's great about the USA, we've mastered miniaturization.

We actively look for and attempt to buy made in the USA too. It's sad how difficult it is.

Submitted by flu on July 26, 2012 - 9:38am.

Well, Moen just keeled over... I was going to replace a showerhead thinking Moen is the only showerhead still made in the usa. Nope... They're made in china now too...

Ok, time to go for the $1 no-name brand special...I can't fathom spending $50+ on a showerhead to a company that doesn't even manufacture them here.

Submitted by CA renter on July 27, 2012 - 4:26pm.

flu wrote:
Well, Moen just keeled over... I was going to replace a showerhead thinking Moen is the only showerhead still made in the usa. Nope... They're made in china now too...

Ok, time to go for the $1 no-name brand special...I can't fathom spending $50+ on a showerhead to a company that doesn't even manufacture them here.

Moen and Kohler. Once upon a time, you could purchse these items knowing that they were made in the USA. No more. :(

We suck!

Submitted by sdrealtor on July 28, 2012 - 10:32pm.

Scaredy
My son turned 13 today. I wanted to get him something that he couldnt plug in so we went shopping for a new bike. Walmart and Target were not on our itinerary. We went to the local non-chain bike shop. I know what I want so I got it for him instead.

I got him a Trek which I have pined over for decades. Some of it was made in the USA but we got a Greenfield kickstand just because it was definitely 100% made in a small town out on Long Island. I still ride the Rockhopper I bought for my dad when he retired 20 years ago with a front sprocket I bent at Watchung Reservation two weeks after I gave it to him. Why can I buy him the bike I always wanted while I ride an old bike with holes in my shoes?

He wakes up at 6:30 every morning. My alarm is set for 5:45 and I'm gonna take it out for a spin. Hopefully I wont bend his front sprocket too.

Submitted by spdrun on July 28, 2012 - 10:40pm.

Watchung Reservation?! Where in NJ did you live - I grew up in and around there? Sadly, WR now mostly bans mountain biking, though I'm not sure about actually enforcement of the ban :(

For once, I agree with one of your posts. Great gift, and great that it's all mechanical.

Submitted by sdrealtor on July 29, 2012 - 8:32am.

Just got back from my ride and it survived.

Grew up in South Jersey but undergrad at RU and worked in WTC out of college. Alot of my friends lived/live in South Orange, West Orange, Lvingston, New Prov, Summitt etc. We used to go mountain biking all over the place back in the day (mid/late 80's).

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