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Re: Copper water pipe soldering

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11-29-2012 01:59:26

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PEX is a joke

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11-29-2012 02:06:13

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 Re: Copper water pipe soldering in reply to wgm, 11-29-2012 01:59:26  
Why do you think PEX is a joke?

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George Marsh

11-29-2012 04:30:32

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PEX is very expensive. I tried to take one fitting apart after a few years, O-ring was damaged. Another fitting went from pex to copper, couldn't stop it from leaking. I use cpvc instead.

Can't come up with a good reason to use pex. It's like quest, a joke.

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Stephen Newell

11-29-2012 03:38:48

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I think anyone that has lived with quest plumbing is going to be apprehensive about another garden hose plumbing. I for one don't live where the water is acidic so I'm going to stay with copper.

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wile E

11-29-2012 02:16:39

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I also have a hard time plumbing a house with PEX. I used all copper line, soldered, the real way to do it. I cannot (would not) put plastic line in a wall where it could be punctured by a finishing nail. (a fricken mess) I would use hard PVC before I used flexy plastic poly ethlene or poly urethate tube. I am not claiming to be an expert, just trying to think with common sense. Also the push to connect fittings are nice........Only if they are in view, never behind a wall. I did use compression brass fittings for all my sinks and toilets when I built a home many years ago.

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11-29-2012 04:16:23

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 Re: Copper water pipe soldering in reply to wile E, 11-29-2012 02:16:39  
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You don't think that a nail can pierce copper? Copper is pretty soft and hit just right a nail will easily go through it. I've personally seen it happen.

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11-29-2012 04:44:13

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 Re: Copper water pipe soldering in reply to chevytaHOE5674, 11-29-2012 04:16:23  
When you have acidic water, and I can think of three municipal supplies in the area off the top of my head, copper makes no sense. I knew of a good sized fifteen year old nursing home that had a guy pretty much full time pulling out sections of copper and replacing them. He could not go systematically through it because he kept getting called to emergency leaks.

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11-29-2012 03:56:12

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 Re: Copper water pipe soldering in reply to wile E, 11-29-2012 02:16:39  
I am no expert either but we used Zurn pex and crimp ring fittings to plumb up our OWB 6 years ago and have had zero problems so when the plumber reccmended pex to replumb a rental this past spring we said go ahead, time will tell. People say CPVC is junk too but when I was close to broke and had to replumb my home I had to use it,, that was 30 years ago and it is still in service, never a leak, never a problem.

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