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Dgaviolac

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pex tubing Fri, 04/12/13 8:00 PM (permalink)
which pex system is the most cost effective also what diameter should I use
 
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    Dgaviolac

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    Re:pex tubing Fri, 04/12/13 8:52 PM (permalink)
    or should I just run 1/2" pvc
     
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      BTM676

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      Re:pex tubing Sat, 04/13/13 12:40 AM (permalink)
      Pvc is cheaper but.... u can reuse the pex fittings if u need too. 1/2 inch pipe is plenty. Good luck!
       
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        a.mckenna

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        Re:pex tubing Sat, 04/13/13 2:36 AM (permalink)
        PVC= crap
         
        Why? As before mentioned once you glue it it is stuck, can't reuse fitting. Also, it will explode if it freezes.
         
        Pex = Win
         
        1/2" PEX is the standard I use. While you can buy Sharkbite push in fittings, you will spend a couple hundred in fittings alone running a system in a food truck. I use the crimp fit style, little copper rings the squish onto the fittings. To do that however, you gotta spend like 60 bucks on the tool.
         
        Did I mention PEX doesn't explode if it freezes? It is designed to expand rather then crack.
         
        Not to mention, PEX is flexible, PVC is rigid. Flexible pipe makes life way easier.
         
        Go to Home Depot, look for a old dude wandering around plumbing. Always find the old dude. Tell him you want to run a small system in PEX crimp fittings, what do you need?
         
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          OurCoffeeTruck

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          Re:pex tubing Sun, 04/14/13 2:26 PM (permalink)
          Ditto. Pex is the best system. Go to a local plumbing supply store though. People at lowes and Home Depot generally don't have a clue. Trust me, I've been in so many times after hours trying to get parts and they just BS their way through a conversation. And most of the time a plumbing supplier will be a lot cheaper on the fittings and pipe.

          You could use cpvc if you didn't want to buy the tool. But I wouldn't recommend it. The glue is Really bad for you and the pipes will burst and get brittle with age. I get litterally sick whenever I use the stuff.

          Just make sure you have someone show you how to adjust your crimp tool correctly with the pex. I've seen a lot of people do their own plumbing but not realize they need to adjust the tool and have problems with fittings leaking within a short time. Someone at the supply house should be able to show you how to properly adjust them.
           
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            OurCoffeeTruck

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            Re:pex tubing Sun, 04/14/13 2:28 PM (permalink)
            Also PVC is only rates for irrigation and cold water only.

            CPVC is for residential use and hot water. Still don't recommend it.
             
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              a.mckenna

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              Re:pex tubing Sun, 04/14/13 6:10 PM (permalink)
              Actually, if you get the giant orange handled PEX tool it doesn't require adjustment, like a giant pair of plyers with 3 different sized holes in it. Been using the same pair for 2 years now, never adjusted anything.
               
              Yea, if you go to Home Depot, go in the middle of the day, and look for the old dude.
               
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                daddywoofdawg

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                Re:pex tubing Tue, 04/16/13 6:33 AM (permalink)
                I put PVC and cpvc in my trailer it was always leaking and cracking,the bounce in a truck or trailer cracks the pipe.so I bit the bullet and put in pex. very happy with it.I didn't want to buy the tool and didn't have a HD Lowe's close so I went to a plumbing co.with the measurements and drawing's of what I needed.and they made me the lines.
                 
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                  kennyb

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                  Re:pex tubing Tue, 04/16/13 6:37 PM (permalink)
                  they have a new pex ring that only requires a $8 crimper.
                   
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                    mikejames533

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                    Re:pex tubing Tue, 04/16/13 10:01 PM (permalink)
                    Kennyb, could we get some more information on the pex ring and $8 crimp tool? Where to buy? Brand?
                     
                    Just getting ready to start plumbing for the cart. Wanted to go with pex but didn't want to pay $60 for the tool.
                     
                    Thanks Mike
                     
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                      kennyb

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                      Re:pex tubing Wed, 04/17/13 11:24 AM (permalink)
                      i'll find out today. they have it here at do it best hardware. i also install sprinkler systems and the tool is the same one i use to crimp the rings on my pipe. the ring itself is just a little different.
                      not sure why everytime i post it does it twice.
                       
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                        BTM676

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                        Re:pex tubing Thu, 04/18/13 2:04 PM (permalink)
                        You might be able to rent the tool. Its an option
                         
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                          OurCoffeeTruck

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                          Re:pex tubing Fri, 04/19/13 10:52 AM (permalink)
                          Trust me when I tell you that interchangeable tool is great for now, but I've been plumbing for a living for 5 years now and I see jobs that are a few years old and "handyman specials" starting to leak all the time. They may be just fine, but I've seen them go bad a lot sooner a lot more often. I had an emergency call on a Sunday just a few weeks ago from a handyman using that tool. For whatever reason it just wasn't working and he couldn't get it to not leak.
                          Just my $.02
                           
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                            daddywoofdawg

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                            Re:pex tubing Sun, 04/21/13 2:47 AM (permalink)
                            Might be the user and not the tool.unless the user is a tool!LOL
                            I work on computers for a semi living and a saying is picnic.Person in chair not in computer.
                            P:Person 
                            I:in
                            C:chair
                            N: not
                            I:in
                            C:computer

                             
                            <message edited by daddywoofdawg on Sun, 04/21/13 2:50 AM>
                             
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                              stinger159

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                              Re:pex tubing Tue, 04/23/13 11:54 PM (permalink)
                              I recommend the pex over pvc
                               
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                                BelCibo

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                                Re:pex tubing Wed, 04/24/13 11:44 AM (permalink)
                                Never used PEX before and have mine now finished.  Not a single leak on the PEX.  Easy to use and fast, borrowed the pliers from a friend.
                                 
                                I used 1/2 all the way to the faucets to keep it easy.  You can also run 1/2 and then drop to 3/8 at the faucets from the supply line like in a house.
                                 
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                                  Dgaviolac

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                                  Re:pex tubing Tue, 04/30/13 8:45 AM (permalink)
                                  Install was simple never used pex either but luckily I was able to borrow the tool haven't tested the system yet but might be able to later today
                                   
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