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MattsCraft 01-30-2014 01:39 PM

PEX Plumbing
 
Anybody have any experience with this stuff. Been used in Europe since 1980.

http://www.pexinfo.com/

Lottawatta 01-30-2014 01:58 PM

It has been widely used in residential around here (Cincinnati) for several years, but I am just now seeing it in the specifications on commercial project more frequently. It is cheap, installs easier than sweating copper fittings, and most guys run it right in the concrete floor slab instead of running it inwall or overhead thereby eliminating the need for hangers and supports. If I were building a house, I wouldn't hesitate to use it. We install very little of it as we do exclusively commercial plumbing, but we do use it when allowed.

Hammer 01-30-2014 01:58 PM

Yes. All of my plumbing subcontractors use pex.

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MattsCraft 01-30-2014 02:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lottawatta (Post 1010058)
It has been widely used in residential around here (Cincinnati) for several years, but I am just now seeing it in the specifications on commercial project more frequently. It is cheap, installs easier than sweating copper fittings, and most guys run it right in the concrete floor slab instead of running it inwall or overhead thereby eliminating the need for hangers and supports. If I were building a house, I wouldn't hesitate to use it. We install very little of it as we do exclusively commercial plumbing, but we do use it when allowed.

Does it pass residential code in Cincinnati? I like what I see, seems easy enough and the crimping tool is not that expensive. I sure am tired of sweating cooper, plus this looks like you can make more direct runs etc.

thatsmrmastercraft 01-30-2014 02:14 PM

I used it on a repair for the kitchen sink hot supply line. Easy as can be and they make a connector to go from brass to PEX.

clrussell 01-30-2014 02:22 PM

My entire house uses this, it's looks like it made everything a lot easier. And repairs will be easier down the road I think.

Here's the manifold http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/31/juzysy7y.jpg

You can turn off each line individually which I like

Jason.H. 01-30-2014 02:37 PM

Forget the crimps and crimping tool. There are fitting called gator bites that are made for pex tubing and they are awesome. I have used them and there is nothing that could be easier. They sell them at my local lowes hardware.

JohnE 01-30-2014 02:40 PM

Pex is the norm here in MA for residential. Not approved for commercial here though. Then again, neither is PVC drain pipe.

Jason.H. 01-30-2014 02:40 PM

Well, I guess when there are a lot of fitting connections like the picture above it would be easier or cheaper to use crimps. But for things like going from a long section of pex to an outdoor spicket the gatorbite fittings are really nice.

Jason.H. 01-30-2014 02:45 PM

http://www.sharkbite.com/

I think this is the originator of the fittings I am talking about. Just the brand I have seen in stores here are called gatorbite instead.


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