Not to mention, it expands 10% IIRC so it is less prone to break if it
freezes and most new homes, like mine, have a 10 year warranty on the
PEX plumbing. Then there is the ease of repair should you need to patch it.
Yes, it's a little strange to be able to spin a valve around the pipe
and not see any water. :-) I've heard that developments are in place
to make those connection more "secure" even if only to pacify the
installer's doubts. I will probably use the crimp-on valves because
that spinning might drive me nuts. :-)
Blame the installer, right? I saw a wonder looking manifold
installation on This Old House, all labeled and clipped and run in
straight lines. It really tickled my OCD. :-)
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
I have the manifold in my home/laundry room. A valve for every hot and
cold connection in the house, 20 of the IIRC. In Houston we don't often
get a freeze that will freeze exterior pipes but it happens. Now
instead of leaving my water dripping or all water turned off with
drained lines I can simply turn off the exterior hose bibs and open
those valves leaving water in the rest of the house.
I used PEX on my parent's farmhouse. Laying on the dirt in the two
foot tall crawl space and stringing gray plastic pipe was a lot easier
and quicker than trying to solder copper joints. Doesn't burst when
it freezes. Mostly I use CPVC and glue when adding in plumbing now.
Its easy to work with too. But I do some copper soldering when
required. I get some satisfaction out if it. Using the torch and
melting the solder and actually having the dang pipe not leak. I hate
plumbing. Love electrical, hate plumbing.
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