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Old 02-09-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
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PEX Vs. Copper


Just wondering what your thoughts on runing PEX rather than traditional copper piping. Im thinking of starting to use PEX on my projects. Are there any disadvantages to using this stuff? Thanks for your input!!!!!SM
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:40 AM   #2
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Re: PEX Vs. Copper


disadvantages?
Does not usually look as good from a craftsmen standpoint as copper.
Can not be indirect sunlight.
Slightly smaller inside diameter (but less friction supposed to be a wash)
Some brands have had fitting problems in the past.

Advantages
Doesn't get stolen for scap
Faster to install (most of the time
Cost less labor wise to install.
Because of less labor cost is asked for by homeowners.
Can make the difference between getting the bid and not.

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just use copper tails out the walls and no one will know its pex in there. I have used to throughout my house on long straigh runs. its silly not to as its so so so much cheaper than copper and much faster
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I'm thinking of using it for my lake house. Still have reservations, though.
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PEX is not code approved here, so we use copper.
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PEX is not code approved here, so we use copper.
I heard somewhere that there are some places where you cannot even use nail guns as the unions only allow hand driven nails?
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I heard somewhere that there are some places where you cannot even use nail guns as the unions only allow hand driven nails?
News to me.
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I have always used copper but it is SO EXPENSIVE. So, I am contemplating learning about pex. I have heard rumors of it leeching into the water. I also have heard that copper is bad because it corrodes over time. Thoughts? What do you guys prefer.
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Mesh tape.
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Copper is a natural anti bacterial. PEX allows the growth. PEX still isn't really time tested.

PEX gives you a lot of labor savings
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it takes skill to make PEX look good, any monkey can crimp.
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Some areas water will corrode copper, some places earth will corrode copper, not so with pex. Pex can handle freezing a lot better than copper. It's a lot easier to plumb around obstructions with pex.

I'm not terribly confident in pex for a fire sprinkler system.
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Copper is a natural anti bacterial. PEX allows the growth. PEX still isn't really time tested.

PEX gives you a lot of labor savings
Pex has been around since the 60's, 50 years is pretty long time to hold water in.

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It is useful in some cases, but if it shows it looks chintz
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I got my personal hands on uponor products with the milwaukee expander this past weekend. I want to replace all of my rental property with it. Amazingly fast and simple. One of my plumbing contractors uses it and I have never had a call back. My current plumbing contractor uses pex with the metal crimps. I’m not crazy about it. The uponor system is the only one I want.
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Pex has been around since the 60's, 50 years is pretty long time to hold water in.

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They worked out most of the kinks in Europe, where the lack of a tort style court system kept the major failures in the product from becoming news.
Other than that I'm sure it's greater than sliced bread, if it ever becomes code compliant here I'll check it out.
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To keep it simple... Soda "Guns"
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need to have their lines flushed and disinfected OFTEN. By regulation AND necessity.
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They worked out most of the kinks in Europe, where the lack of a tort style court system kept the major failures in the product from becoming news.
Other than that I'm sure it's greater than sliced bread, if it ever becomes code compliant here I'll check it out.

Anything that is "Fast" is Conventional Construction, is NOT "up-to-grade".
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Anything that is "Fast" is Conventional Construction, is NOT "up-to-grade".
WTF?

So we should all be using limestone foundations instead of poured concrete? What about coal fired furnaces we should be using those instead on natural gas or propane. Lets go back to lead pipe and cast iron. Give me a break!

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