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Old 03-18-2010, 09:29 PM   #1
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Pex, Brass Fittings And Mineral Buildup

Just a question. My neighbor told me that all the brass fittings in his second home in Las Vegas were completely plugged due to mineral buildup from hard water. Out of 7400 houses near Henderson, 5400 were re-plumbed with (?)copper fittings. As he put it, "they were trying to be cheap".

I'm just floored by all of this. Both brass and bronze are commonly used as fittings, especially with copper, because of their galvanic proximity. And I've never actually heard of copper plumbing fittings except those used in conjunction with copper water tube. From my experience with systems piping in a previous profession, copper pipe ( as opposed to copper water tube ) and fittings are available, but rare and used only in very specific mechanical, chemical, and environmental situations.

Does any of what my neighbor says seem correct. From what I know of chemistry, I would not expect huge differences in chemical deposition on copper versus brass or bronze fittings.

My interest in this is purely "academic". Las Vegas is 1200 miles away, and I have no vested interest
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:56 PM   #2
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maybe this my friend thanks again!!



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