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My meter costed me 90 bucks...where did i go wrong?

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My meter costed me 90 bucks...where did i go wrong?

Unread postAuthor: Mihlrad » Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:33 pm

Does it seem a little odd that from buying the parts at home depo and lowes, my meter costed me about 90 dollars? my reciept from home depo was 68.51 and lowes is about 19... i only bought a regulator at lowes. its made of 1/2 " parts that get reduced into 1/4 " parts. Maybe the reducing is what buffed my price up? Or because i bought all brass? I didnt see anything but brass at home depo. Is brass just expensive?
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Unread postAuthor: )DEMON( » Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:51 pm

The small metal bits like reducers and stuff cost a whole lot more than the big ones,I know our currency is different but bits smaller than 1/2" about 1/4" cost me 10bucks but the 1/2" only cost 2,50.You should try avoid buying small bits. :x
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Unread postAuthor: Mihlrad » Sun Jul 02, 2006 3:19 pm

that made no sense... why would small parts cost more? large parts cost more in material.
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Unread postAuthor: Mihlrad » Sun Jul 02, 2006 3:26 pm

its also like 15 inches in length, should i use 4 inch instead of the 6" i used?
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Unread postAuthor: )DEMON( » Sun Jul 02, 2006 3:30 pm

The small metal parts are more difficult to produce,which is understandible.That is what I am told anyway.
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Unread postAuthor: Mihlrad » Sun Jul 02, 2006 4:09 pm

technically it is harder to work with smaller parts, but for a machine it really isnt. Its not a complicated proccess to smelt metal into a mold and thread it, thats really all the fittings are.
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Unread postAuthor: WOW!! » Sun Jul 02, 2006 4:13 pm

True but you still have to make the molds, get the metal, clean it, melt it, pour it and then polish it, thread it. So there is lots of work to do on it.
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Unread postAuthor: Mihlrad » Sun Jul 02, 2006 4:22 pm

yes, but its for area to clean, pour, polish and thread on a bigger piece, and more material.
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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Sun Jul 02, 2006 4:22 pm

Smaller parts have to pay more attention to detail, which means it's harder to make the molds.
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Unread postAuthor: frogy » Sun Jul 02, 2006 4:29 pm

Brass is just a rip off anyway...

Home-Depot sells regulators for $15, they're Huskey inlines and they're all brass, why did you spent $20 on a plastic one at Lowes???

Steel meter pipe is cheaper also, and so are iron\steel\alluminum bell reducers instead of brass...
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Unread postAuthor: SpudStuff » Sun Jul 02, 2006 5:27 pm

the 15 dollar ones dont regulate pressure they regulate flow
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Unread postAuthor: CS » Sun Jul 02, 2006 5:29 pm

Its simple as demand. Most likely the smaller amount of material is equal to that of extra labor/ or effort on the machines part. Brass defintly looks alot nicer, but as frogy has been so nice to pointed out, it isnt required.
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Unread postAuthor: Mihlrad » Sun Jul 02, 2006 5:44 pm

at my home depo, they dont sell regulators, and the one from lowes is metal on the bottom where the flow actually passes through, and plasic in the adjustment area. They had steal meter pipe actually i just didnt realize it was cheaper, and they only had brass reducers.
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Unread postAuthor: D-Roc » Sun Jul 02, 2006 6:55 pm

Meh...$90 just for some plumbing stuff?...The max I spend on building a spud gun is $20 or so....
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Unread postAuthor: singularity » Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:19 am

its $90 because its metal, 10 feet of 1/2 inch copper pipe is $20, 10 pieces of 5 foot 1/2 inch PVC is also $20, the price of all metal pipe is ALOT more than pvc
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