On Monday, March 9, 2015 at 3:53:17 PM UTC-4, Tony Hwang wrote:
I guess the fire was bigger than the sprinklers...... IDK, it's an
interesting point. I checked and they did have a sprinkler system.
Even more interesting, the Dems who want more regulation of
everything immediately seized on it to try
to force sprinklers into one and two family homes here in NJ, using
the Edgewater Fire as an example. Not a very good example, if you ask
On 3/9/2015 11:46 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Nice to hear you were accident free. I've heard a drop
or two of dish soap helps the water soak in better. Did
you spray the wood before striking a torch?
Christopher A. Young
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On 3/9/2015 4:19 AM, email@example.com wrote:
I remember from some where, sunlight UV rays
destroy pex. They try not to store it outdoors
in the sun before it's installed. or after.
Christopher A. Young
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On Mon, 09 Mar 2015 02:19:00 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The beauty od PEX is it is flexible. Really no need to srimp inside a
wall. Preassemble what goes at the top - crimp it all together, then
drop the pipe down the wall to the basement in "conventional"
buildings, or stuff it up the wall to the attic in "on slab"
construction, and make the connections in the open either in the
basement or attic.
MUCH better than using a torch inside a wall to sweat fittings on
rigid copper pipe.
As for FASTER? A crimp can be done in about 5 seconds, wich is about
20 seconds less than a good sweat job and a lot faster than a
Nope, there is enough "wiggle room" for the water to expand into the
pex pipe so no great ezpansion force is exerted on the fitting. Just
like your garden hose fittings.
Paint it or cover it.. Use only good quality latex paint for painting
PEX (exterior house paint is fine) White with titanium dioxide likely
the best choice.
I have couple joints leading to water softener. I used double(one after
another) no leak, still holding after couple years. I bought the
clamps from auto parts store. MY regulated water pressure is 60 psi.
Where did you get a pex tool for $30? Most I have seen are at least $65
and those are for only one size pex. The multiple size tools are $90
and up, and then you still have to buy a GO-NOGO gauge, ($10) and a
clamp remover ($35 or more).
Then, if you're working in a tight place, you will need "tight place"
crimp tool, which is operated by tightening several bolts. That one
costs around $40. So, in the end, from the prices I've seen, to have
all the basic tools would cost around $200 (or more).
I suppose a person could do the whole job with the "tight space" tool,
but you'll probably spend 10 minutes or more per fitting. And you still
need the GO-NOGO tool, and if you screw up a crimp, you still need the
And I just know someone is going to say use "Shark Bite" connectors in
this thread. Well, at $6.00 for one 1" elbow, and much more for Tees
and other fittings, the price of that job could cost a small fortune.
Plus, those "shark bite" connectors are not fail safe. A friend called
me several years ago, and said whenever he turned on the shower in his
tub, the bathroom flooded. After ripping out a wall, we found a "shark
bite" connector right behind the pipe feeding the shower head. It was
wedged against a 2x4 block, to which the shower head pipe was secured.
The "release" portion of that connector was tight against that 2x4, and
the pex pipe had come out of the shark bite fitting. I replaced the
whole thing with copper for him.
Luckily it was not a pipe under constant pressure, ir there would have
been much more damage to the home. The rest of his home had copper
pipe, but the former owner of that home had a company remodel the
bathroom, and they installed a new shower/tub faucet assembly, and used
that PEX. Since the wall was open, we replaced the other two pieces of
PEX that went from the basement for hot and cold water to that tub
faucet, with copper.
Of course cheap ones work well for few time use. I rent the
pro quality when I need it for a job taking half a day or so.
Good result needs good tool in experienced hands. I always
like to watch pros do their work chatting with them when I
have a chance.
For all you know, pro plumbers are using this tool.
But it doesn't take a "pro" to crimp PEX. None of reviewers said they
were a "pro." And one did ~100 crimps. That's about 80 more than I'd
need to plumb my entire house.
I'd never rent an old tool when I can buy a good one new for $27.
But if you want to pay more money to feel like a "pro", you can do
that. Get the same exact tool at Lowes for $50.
The one my brother bought for 45? Canadian pesos handles 1/2 and
3/4", came with 10 of each size ring, and does not require a go-nogo
guage. It is a ratchet crimper that will not release untill the clamp
is fully tightened. He didn't buy it online and have to wait a week -
he picked it up at the local hardware store - in stock, right off the
shelf, 5 minutes from home.
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