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PEX

PEX pipe is becoming the new way to build potable water systems. It is easier to work with than copper, the pipe will not corrode with certain conditions, and is much cheaper than copper.

PEX pipe is based off of the older style of polybutylene pipe typically found in older trailers. This grey pipe had been an important development in plumbing, but had problems, mainly with the fittings. They were made of plastic as well and tended to split if they were under any stress for a period of time.

The new PEX pipe has fittings made of brass and redesigned pipe. The fittings are crimped onto the pipe with rings. It has made plumbing much easier. It isn't quite as pleasing to the eye all the time, but is an excellent choice for potable water systems.

The one downfall for the homeowner is that a tool is required to crimp the ring onto the pipe.

There are two types of tools available. The one on the right is the older version. The one on the left is the newer. Each one uses different types of rings. Both, however, are very easy to assemble.

Here's a close up of the two different style rings.

The tool is quite expensive, so unless you plan on doing alot of PEX work, it may not be worth purchasing the tool.

If you've had any problems with getting pin-hole leaks in you copper tubing, talk to your local plumber about PEX. It can save you alot of aggravation.

The picture to the left is a bathroom with a sink, shower, and toilet. The water to this bathroom was piped by one man in one hour, start to finish. This is compared to certainly more than 3 hours for the same job done in copper.

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