I've always used soldered joints but am being tempted by the Tectite
push-fit range for a heating re-furb I'm about to embark on - maybe even
plastic pipe rather than copper! How long have they been around? Any horror
stories? Are there any other competing ranges I should consider?
The plastic products are good, although some are aesthetically better
looking than others.
There are real and accelerated life tests and manufacturers issue long
There are numerous brands. I've used
- JG Speedfit
- Marley Equator
and had no problems with any of them on either copper or barrier
It is important to follow the instructions for bending and securing
and also to cut using a proper pipe cutter.
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I've also used all of the above, as well as CuproFit, and have had no
problems with any of them.
I recently tried the ToolsStation offering, made by QualPlumb. They are
similar in construction to Hep fittings, but come in white plastic. I
was quite impressed with them.
No! You need a square cut. I just refitted my bathroom with all new
plumbing using JG Speedfit throughout. It's my first plumbing job and
it works a treat. I didn't want to buy the special cutter so I used an
automatic pipe cutter which scores deep enough into the pipe for you
to finish off carefully with a Stanley knife. You can also use them to
cut copper. Bonus, not like the JG cutter. Several weeks on and no
The main difference in price comes from where you buy them and how many
you buy. The most expensive way of buying them is to buy just one from
B&Q or a plumbers merchant. The cheapest way is to buy a bag of 10 from
Screwfix or Toolstation.
They all use standard pipe, so 10mm, 15mm, 22mm, 28mm are the main
sizes. The only thing to look out for is pipe inserts. When using
plastic pipe, you need to use plastic/copper/s.steel inserts in the end
of the pipe. Use the correct insert for the fitting.
I have one of each. The SpeedFit cutter (blue) is by far the best way of
cutting. It's very quick, and gives nice clean square cuts. The cheap
Screwfix cutter (red) is ratchetting, and is good for cutting big MDPE
pipe. Does a pretty good job on 12/22mm PEX pipe, but not as quick as
the blue cutter.
But who was ranting on about how bad push fit couplings were a couple of
months ago, when a certain someone f*cked up a fiends pluming because he
couldn't read the instructions ?...
Surely it wasn't the same 'IMM' as who has just posted the above message ?!
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