What is a Floating Ball Valve?

As the most common valve type in the piping industry, floating ball valves play an important role in regulating flow through pipelines and other piping systems in the gas, oil, water and other industries. They create a bi-directional seal, and can even be customized for high pressure operations, though normally they are only used in pipelines with low to medium pressure. Available in different configurations and sizes, they feature a ball-shaped disk that’s hollow and perforated, so that liquids can pass through it when open. If you’ve found yourself wondering “What is a floating ball valve?” simply keep reading – the team at Arthur Harris has broken it down for you below.


Mixed Metals for Cabinet Hardware: Do or Don’t?

An age-old design rule is to never combine different metals, especially when it comes to cabinet hardware. Luckily times are changing, with mixed metals bringing an elevated depth of style to any space when done right. There are some tricks of the trade to help you blend styles to get a layered look. Below, we’ve put together some do’s and don’ts to follow as you choose your cabinet hardware. (more…)

How to Choose Kitchen Hardware for White Cabinets

When it comes to selecting hardware the decision can be overwhelming, especially hardware for white cabinets. On a white backdrop, hardware plays the starring role and ends up being a focal point, so you want to make sure you’re choosing styles and finishes that enhance the feeling of the most central room in your home: the kitchen. So, how do you make your selection?

Below, we’ve broken down common styles of white cabinets and the best cabinet hardware to go with each! (more…)

A Pocket Guide: 316 Stainless Steel Properties

Grade 316 stainless is one of the most widely used types of stainless steel on the market due to its superior corrosion resistance, particularly in acidic environments. There are several advantages to 316 stainless steel properties when compared with other grades, so we’ve put together a quick reference guide highlighting the properties, applications and benefits of 316 stainless steel. (more…)

How to Use 400 Series Stainless Steel

Stainless steel, especially the 400 series stainless steel, is one of the most advantageous of all stainless grades. Known primarily for its wear-resistance, the diverse range of the series allows for accommodation across various industries. Having so many options within the 400 series requires education about what’s appropriate for the job.

Here are a few things to consider when selecting 400-grade stainless steel. (more…)

Does 304 Stainless Steel Rust?

Have you ever found yourself wondering: does 304 stainless steel rust? If so, you’re not alone – a common misunderstanding about stainless steel is that rusting is impossible. While it offers the most corrosion resistance compared with other metals and alloys, the reality is that stainless steel can rust in specific environments.

Below, we dig into the common applications of 304 stainless steel, causes of rust and how that impacts the industries that 304 stainless steel is used in. (more…)

A Pocket Guide: Drawer Pull Size Chart

drawer pull size chart

When choosing the drawer hardware, trying to determine the length of stainless steel pulls to use can be frustrating. At Arthur Harris, we understand that if your hardware is sized appropriately, it will make all the difference in functionality and style. To make this process simpler, we’ve created a written drawer pull size chart for you to reference when choosing your drawer pulls. (more…)

Cabinet Pulls: Why It’s Important to Sweat the Details

how to choose the right size cabinet pulls

Design is truly in the details, especially when it comes to home hardware for drawers and cabinets. Though it may seem like a minor detail, hardware can ultimately make the biggest impact in a room. Updating hardware is a surprisingly simple way to give old, outdated kitchens, bathrooms, and other spaces in your home a fresh, stylish new look. If find yourself wondering where to begin with home hardware and how to choose the right size cabinet pulls, let this article help guide you to implement the best hardware for your home. (more…)