Getting ready to plumb up some stuff, and was wondering if I should use PEX.
Tinker-Toy easy to work with, and reasonably priced.
Have you used it? Would you recommend it? How about sanitary-wise? On
some of my stuff, it will be a gravity feed, so pressure is not an issue,
but PEX works at fairly high operating pressure anyway. Can even use it for
Thoughts, experiences, opinions appreciated.
I havent seen this, PEX appears to expand and contract better than
Where copper will split PEX just gives a little.
Although it shouldnt be left to freeeze for years, without
Do you blow out lines and fill with RV antifreeze, the non toxic type?
The Piping is designed to drain by gravity
You open all faucets above, and the drain at the lowest level just below the
water pump, and gravity does the rest.
All horizontal runs are just off the horizontal to avoid pooling areas.
It's not a question of PEX bursting because of water freezing in the pipe
It's a problem of PEX getting brittle from the cold
Unlike PEX, copper does NOT get brittle from the cold
Very nice to know, sir. We just did some repairs and used some PEX at the
cabin. I foresee replacing that this summer with copper due to your
statement. I shall keep the SharkBites, tho. There is that one place
behind the hot water heater (of course) that's a bitch to get to, but with a
little more time than we had, I can redo that in copper. Good thing I got a
I guess I'll know when I fire it up for next summer. This is getting to be
a yearly ritual, and this summer, I am definitely going to do some rigging
to introduce alcohol based RV antifreeze into the system, after blowing it
out with compressed air. Just add a Schrader valve. Damn, it's always
PEX has been well tested by drunken rednecks who carry shotguns in the
trailer-house parks. It was originally designed for cheap disposible
trailer houses, and generally lasts the life of most trailer-homes,
which is normally 7 to 10 years, or less depending how many times the
"trailer trash" dwellers shoot their shotguns inside the house when
they're drunk or doing crack.
If you and your family are certified "trailer trash", PEX should serve
you well. Just avoid aiming your gun toward the plumbing when you
shoot your wife, your neighbors, or your coon-dog who wont hunt coon.
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