It's not cheaper when you factor in the price of connectors, at least not
the job I'm doing. I was considering PEX and then they showed me the
seriously holy crud overpriced connectors. I decided to use copper instead.
I'm still not sold on PEX. The tubing may be good, but I have yet to see a
connector I trust. Sharkbites use rubber o-rings to make the seal. Know
what happens to rubber o-rings after 10-20 years? My copper will be sound
when the rubber o-rings have disintegraged and the sharkbites are all
They haven't been around long enough for anyone to really know for sure
what will happen in 20 years. I hope I'm wrong, but it just seems to me to
be really stupid to put something in a wall that uses a rubber o-ring to
make a seal. I've got connectors here and there like this (that use a
rubber o-ring to make a seal), mostly for my well and garden, and they all
have one thing in common - they all leak after a while.
Time will tell - I'm still thining of becoming a plumber in 10-15 years.
Just in case I'm right :-)
LOL... The cost of PEX isn't in the tubing or the end adapter for the
pipe stub at the fixture, it is entire with the TOOLS you need to work
You need a special tubing cutter to make cuts that are just right...
the tubing expander to stretch the tubing to insert the end
If you are making connections of PEX tubing INSIDE your walls you are
the point, PEX is supposed to be run in an unbroken manner from
manifold to the fixture connection without any breaks or connections
the length of the tubing run inside the walls... PEX is supposed to
be run as if
you were pulling communications wiring in a homerun or "star
NOT in the same manner you would run copper pipes from device to
Sharkbites cost WAY too much, so much that they offset the high cost of the
copper, and I don't know of any other way to make the connections (IANAP).
I don't trust them not to leak at some time in the future. I'm old
fashioned and want metal - solid metal - in my walls. Something soldered
together that will outlast the life of this old house :-)
I used some of those Shark Bite things to repair a 3/4" line at my cabin
that was in a hard to get to location. I was skeptical, but after using
them, and it holding for over a year now, I'm sold on them. A little
spendy, but when you have an odd spot, it's Tinker Toy simple. Bing, bang,
Twenty years from now I'm going to be a plumber. And I'm going to get
filthy stinking rich replacing all of those sharkbite fittings that
people installed twenty years ago cause they are all gonna leak
Seriously - people are relying on a rubber o-ring to make a seal, and
they are going to seal this in a wall??? Know what rubber o-rings do
after 20 years or so? The more I look into PEX, the more I like it and
the less I like the sharkbite fittings.
Using pressboard for exterior siding was a great idea also. Until it
started to disentegrate ...
You should NOT be bending 1/2 or 3/4 copper piping... You need to
the piping by using the proper pipe fittings...
Bending piping weakens it and with the quality of water and the amount
chemicals in it, you don't want to create a weak point where it will
it begins to corrode on the inside... Also you want to take care not
too much flux before you solder, any solder that gets INSIDE the pipes
pit the inner surface of the pipe and create a spot which will fail in
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