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    Newbie Kitchen & Bath Faucet Question

    Hey Guys,

    I've got a question of faucets. The brass & copper is pretty straightforward. The breakdowns are easy. I'm stumped on the white metals though.

    Scratch test has them as being white and not plated brass.



    Magnet says they're not magnetic.

    Some pieces are stamped out of a sheet. Maybe non magnetic stainless ?

    Some pieces are cast. They make up the valve body and faucet spout. Maybe they're higher end brushed nickel faucets ? What the heck to do with those ones at the yard ?

    Any suggestions appreciated.


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    Grinder spark test. Some of them newer faucets can be tricky. Alot now are plastic and cast alum.

    Edit.. Adding that the newer brass faucets, the scratch test dont work too good. I cant tell half the time until i hit it with the grinder and then a light yellow shows up. Must be less copper and more zinc in the newer brass faucets
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    The cast is likely zinc, the pressed is likely SS. If there is any question, ask the yard guys. They are usually helpful and will let you know how to tell. I will also say to tip the guys at the yard and they will be very grateful for the tip and will be very happy to help someone who appreciates their service.

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    A lot of faucets are also die cast instead of cast too

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    Thanks guys,

    So the white cast is more likely a zinc / copper alloy of some kind.

    I'll set it aside for when i bring it into the yard. Seems to be a common thing with the newer faucets these days. Probably best to let the buyer class it as they see fit and not mix it in with the brass.


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