I posted something a few weeks ago about my girlfriend wanting me to add an
outside faucet for the back yard. The problem was that her plumbing used PEX,
which I had never used before. Anyway, the job is now done and I was very
pleasantly surprised at how easy that stuff is to work with.
I made a relatively moderate investment in tools which is the point of this
post. I had originally been advised that I would need a crimper that was really
too expensive to purchase (starting at about $125 and going as high as $250 or
so). You were supposed to get a go/no go gauge to check your connections with
that. Due to the cost of the tool, most people seemed to rent from the Borg for
maybe $8 for 4 hours or so. Well, when I visited the rental area at Home
Cheapo, they had the crimper but none of the gauges. Boo hiss.
I then visited the internet and discovered there was another type of PEX
connector that could be used that had an external tab on it. The Borg did not
sell this kind although plumbing supply houses may (I never looked beyond the
internet). Even better, crimpers that worked with this type of connector
started at about $40. They do not require a go/no go gauge either.
You fit the external tabs into the tool, then squeeze like hell. The tool will
not release the tabs until the connection is completely crimped... once you
start there's no going back because the tool won't release until it's crimped.
Every one of the connections was watertight on the first attempt.
The crimper I bought was made by Pexcaliber, which you can look for with either
a google search or by looking on eBay. I don't have any connection to the
company other than being a satisfied customer.
Knowing what I know now I wouldn't have hesitated to do this job but I was put
off originally by what I thought I was going to have to pay. PEX is really
pretty easy to work with.
Mortimer Schnerd, RN
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