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The last 10 posts

Monday, March 19th 2012, 1:59pm

by Wet_Boots

PEX itself isn't a problem, but there have been issues when different makes of tubing and fittings have been combined

Monday, March 19th 2012, 12:19pm

by wsommariva

I sweat copper for anything that gets covered by a wall.

Bites and pex have a short track record.

Monday, March 19th 2012, 11:56am

by Wet_Boots

I realize a do-it-yourself-er is going to trust an O-ring-dependent connector more than his own skills, but that isn't an optimum choice for indoor work that may be covered by construction.

Monday, March 19th 2012, 9:15am

by wsommariva

I've used pex only with the gatorbites since I don't want to do crimping.

Monday, March 19th 2012, 8:50am

by Wet_Boots

Nothing is wrong with PEX, but it can't handle the water pressure that sch 40 CPVC can, so it isn't as good of a sight-unseen recommendation. Also, you need special tools to assemble PEX. CPVC goes together with the same kind of cements we use outdoors on ordinary PVC.

The distinction of using CPVC for indoor work, as opposed to the less expensive PVC, comes from codes that no longer allow the indoor use of PVC for potable cold-water use.

Monday, March 19th 2012, 7:37am

by wsommariva

You need a way to blow out your lines in the Fall. A tee with a threaded end in which you insert a threaded plug - or something compatable. Not sure where you would put it, wait for the pros to respond. Wait a second - are you talking about a PVB? - pressure vacuum breaker? If so, they go outside and below it you can install the tee I was referring to. Might be a better way to do it, but that's what I did. Also, consider a PVB with built in unions so you can take it inside in the winter.

Wetboots? How about pex with bite fittings for the inside work? Pex is cheaper than copper and easy to install, but the bites are expensive.

Sunday, March 18th 2012, 5:48pm

by chrisl26

i am definetly going to be using copper. Would it be beneficial to me to put a 3 piece union directly below my BVP for servicing if i have to

Sunday, March 18th 2012, 4:16pm

by Wet_Boots

take your time and buy the copper at a real plumbing supply, if you want a minimum of fuss - the key item will be the 3/4 x 3/4 x 1 "bullhead" copper tee, which the home centers may not carry

If you do want to cheap out on material, I would recommend using CPVC plastic pipe and fittings, as it will definitely be strong enough, and it doesn't present the "instant inspection failure" that the ordinary white PVC pipe and fittings will, when used indoors.

Sunday, March 18th 2012, 3:41pm

by chrisl26

would i be able to get this online? i live in northern ct right near a FW webb so would they have it? i would rather order it if i could because i am out of the country right now and would like to have it when i get home