That means you get two months rent, even if it takes a year to evict
It does not have to be the tenants, it can be the neighbors. If they
see pex in an open ceiling, chances are, that is where they stop, no
Your simplistic approach does not mirror real life in choosing tenant.
I always try to help people with just a straightforward answer to
their question. Why people need to elaborate with a bunch of
irrelevant BS is beyond me.
For some reason, it's just how this group "rolls".
You innocently asked one of those "trigger" questions. Construction
people are generally slow to adopt new materials and methods to
replace their existing methods and materials. The existing methods
and materials don't have a learning curve and don't open the "the
devil you don't know" door. This is generally as it should be,
particularly in respect to something that can have serious/expensive
repercussions if it fails, like a plumbing system.
There is also the memory lingering of the polybutylene pipe debacle.
PEX is an entirely different animal, and as Ed noted, it's been in use
in Europe for decades.
A good plumber will install either PEX or copper correctly, and a bad
plumber will mess up either. PEX is a way cheaper installation, and
due to the low cost allows a different, more efficient distribution
system. Google for the PEX installation manual. It will describe
what to look for and how to run the lines. About the only issue with
PEX is that it expands quite a bit with the change in water
temperature. In one house I put in a short straight run to a washing
machine, and used PEX staples to hold it in place neatly on a visible
backerboard running along the foundation wall. The run is about 10'
or so, and going from a cold water standing start to hot water wash
the pipe expands almost 3/8" in the 10'. This must be allowed for or
there can be problems. A good plumber will factor that in.
Being a slumlord can be profitable, but you still have to provide
water for the tenants, even if they don't pay the rent.
It is also possible he is just doing some renovation and this is a
good time to take the copper out. Since neither of us knows, neither
of us can say if it is a good idea or not.
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