can we use flexible plastic pipes for water lines (hot and cold) inside a
and the second question concerns water flow.
the way the water pipes are right now in my house, one main (3/4 inch or so
thick) water line comes in the house. this splits in several places to go to
the water heater (for running water, the hot water boiler (for heating the
house) and cold drinking water.
from the water heater I have one pipe coming out and splitting in the
garage. on one side it goes in a water column for the bathrooms (on 2
levels) and on the other side it splits in a column for the kitchens.
all these pipes are usually 1/2 inch thick. the only one that's larger is
the main entrace one.
now, for some reasons, I want to change the lines that go to the upstairs
since all pipes eventually come in the same (1/2 inch) pipe at the water
heater, does it make a difference if I split the bathroom pipes upstairs and
take a new branch to the kitchen, or run a new pipe all the way down to the
basement to add another split close to the water heater? I'm thinking in
terms of water debit, if someone uses the bathroom and kitchen at the same
this would mean that two bathrooms and one kitchen areo n the same water
pipe, but eventually all pipes come in the same place anyway, so woul the
debit drop or stay the same regardless of where the pipes are split?
I'd use the braided stainless steel line in the kitchen. If you decide to
use an instant hot water heater, never use plastic flex pipe. Use copper
pipe for the hot water feed to dishwasher with brass compression fittings.
Only problem with this is if the dishwasher is being used you will get a
hot/cold fluctuation's at the shower fixture. Which can be pretty dramatic
"You can lead them to LINUX
but you can't make them THINK"
If you feed multiple half-inch lines from a single half-inch line coming out
of the water heater, two comparable draws (like the washingmachine and the
shower) are going to share what flow is available. You should be able to
create dramatic temperature variations in the shower in a variety of ways,
and certainly when I lived in a dorm in college this was considered a form
of entertainment, so it may not be a bad thing. Depends on how well you get
along with the rest of the family. There should really be a 3/4 line from
the heater with the half-inch lines branching off it.
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