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Replumbing my own house

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I'm not a plumber. I've been around some good ones and learned a couple things. My house needs all new plumbing and I decided to go with pex and use watts plastic quick connect couplings and elbows n all that ****. I just wanted opinions and experiences you've had. (I know copper is the best but I'm poor as ****)
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Forget those plastic connectors, and buy a crimping tool, I think I lonely paid $45 for mine.
Is that the system where the brass goes inside the pex and you crimp the ring on the outside?
Does it drop the water pressure?
Well yeah, but you're going to drop pressure on any connector, and that's why you size pipe correctly, a guy on here had an excellent video on pipe sizing
You'll save a ton of money using the crimp rings instead of the connectors.
I'll go with the crimp then. Thanks for the advice and not telling me I'm an idiot and go hire a plumber.
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Get the ratcheting crimper, it's easier on your hands
I'm the last guy to tell you you're an idiot and go hire a plumber. I am also as broke as sh!t and trying to fix the house. We fixed all the plumbing and replaced ti with PEX earlier this year. I replaced the bad copper with pex and used Sharkbites because I was too cheap to buy the crimper. Then we had a hard long freeze and it blew most of them and I had to redo it.

This time I just bit the bullet and bought the heavy duty crimper from HD. What a good idea those things are. Quick and simple and you know you have a good connection. Today I'm adding an outside faucet so I can shock the well and it will take all of 5 minutes. It will take me longer to find which toolbag has the plumbing stuff than it will to do the work.

If you know a plumber, I would see if you can trade out the drain work, but for running the PEX, it is easy. It may not be purty, and mine is probably a bit unorthodox, but if it gets water where you need it, you're good. I am lucky in that it all goes under the house and up. Nothing in the walls for more than a foot or so.
I'll go with the crimp then. Thanks for the advice and not telling me I'm an idiot and go hire a plumber.
Get a plumber, because there is no one to blame but yourself if something goes wrong :laughing:
Forget those plastic connectors, and buy a crimping tool, I think I lonely paid $45 for mine.
I do everything on my own house, except I had my hvac guy do my furnace and ac, but I "helped"
If rather be blaming myself then try to track down a plumber that dropped of the face of the earth
greg24k said:
Get a plumber, because there is no one to blame but yourself if something goes wrong :laughing:
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gut the copper out of your house, sell it and with the money you can buy a pro crimper, hose and fittings also you would need a drill with a 5/8" bore bit. to drill through joist and studs
Wish I could but it's cpvc. I'm set on the drilling aspect just wasn't sure on the fittings.
rotarex said:
gut the copper out of your house, sell it and with the money you can buy a pro crimper, hose and fittings also you would need a drill with a 5/8" bore bit. to drill through joist and studs
buy the plastic fittings with
http://www.homedepot.com/p/SharkBite-1-2-in-and-3-4-in-Dual-PEX-Crimp-Tool-23251/202270489

this tool

not this

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Apollo-3...X-Quick-Cinch-Clamp-Tool-69PTKG1096/202640984

as this one is not 100%
Wish I could but it's cpvc. I'm set on the drilling aspect just wasn't sure on the fittings.
using quick connect fittings will definitely make your plumbing look handyman style...when you sell the house it may be an issue if your not in a working class neighborhood where things like that are common

id buy a crimp tool...and attempt to look professional

better yet get an expansion tool and use A grade pex instead of the B grade stuff your planning on using...only Wirsbo and Rehau make A Grade pex...cant expand the B grade stuff
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