The old flex copper pipe coming out of the bathroom floor under the
toilet is partly clogged. It's the last piece of original flex copper
in the house since I replaced all the old pipe with rigid copper pipe
over the years. However, last year we had a hot tub installed by a
professional plumber, and he used PEX to that tub. The cold pex pipe
is connected to the copper real near that pipe to the toilet. I think
I'd prefer copper, but am considering the pex. However two questions
come to mind. First, I was told that pex needs a manifold setup. The
plumber did not do that, he just connected the pex to the existing
1/2" copper (a stub coming from the 3/4" supply pipe, which went to
the original tub). In my case, I'd have to do the same thing.
Secondly, the pipe now makes a 90 degree bend in the basement where it
goes up thru the bathroom floor under the toilet tank. Can pex be
bent at a 90 deg. or must I use an elbow? (it would be a gradual bend,
not a sharp bend). Then comes the question whether the pipe would
come straight out of the floor or would it be at an angle due to the
bend? The hole in the floor is directly under the toilet tank
fitting. Also of concern is the fact that this pex is not rigid and
having about 9 inches of soft pex sticking out of the floor looks like
a pipe waiting to break if bumped. The pipe is too far from the wall
to attach to anything solid. (A shutoff valve and supply pipe to the
toilet would be above the pex). This alone makes the copper look more
like what I want, but I thought I'd ask.
On Mon, 06 Jul 2009 15:44:40 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Pex should have a shallow radius bend, nothing with sharp turns.
Secure it to the framing or let it lay under the tub.
You don't need a manifold from copper to the tub. Manifolds are really
for a complete new install/construction.
At the floor, below the toilet stub out with Pex/copper fittings. Add
a 1/4 turn valve and pex>copper>water line>toilet.
on 7/6/2009 4:44 PM (ET) email@example.com wrote the following:
It depends upon the diameter of the PEX tubing. The larger the PEX
diameter, the larger the radius of the bend.
Here is all you need to know about PEX tubing. (PDF) See chapter 9, page
69 for the minimum radii of the bends for the diameter sizes.
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