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Old 10-18-2014, 09:54 PM   #1
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PEX piping

For those who used pex over copper for bathroom remodels.

Have it caused you any problems yet?
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Old 10-18-2014, 10:44 PM   #2
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Funny this comes up today....

I just bought a bunch of sharkbite couplings, 90s, and a few lengths of pex for a bathroom remodel I'm doing at my mom's. Spliced into the original copper supply lines, popped the couplings on and ran the new pex. No leaks or anything, just make sure your cuts are squared. Way faster and easier than busting out the soldering stuff. The pex is way cheaper than copper (I think I paid like $1.89 for a 5' section) but the sharkbites are somewhat pricey.

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Old 10-26-2014, 08:35 PM   #3
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I re-plumbed most of our water lines a couple years back using PEX lines and, some Sharkbite fittings, and some crimp ring fittings. Only came across one issue. No troubles with any of the fittings or PEX tubing.

The one issue was using PEX with a shower diverted. Resulted in a small stream of water coming out of the shower head when the diverter is set to the tub spout. I'd heard this was a likely issue with using PEX with a shower diverter. For me, having a little water leak out of the shower head when filling the tub wasn't a big deal. Someone who does a lot of pipe sweating would probably think this is crazy, but I've not ever soldered pipe and I had a lot more confidence in using the PEX and crimp fittings than in my soldering.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:11 PM   #4
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I've done my raidiant in pex, and most of the rest of my house i pex. All retrofits I used sharkbites. Knock on wood, haven't had any in 5 years other than one, when I first put it on. Usually if they fail, it will leak right away.
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Old 11-03-2014, 02:29 PM   #5
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I'm going with PEX for any new plumbing I have to do. Routing copper and soldering blows.
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