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PVC why? and why not?

Posted 05-06-2009 at 03:17 AM by faucetman886

In my continuing and hopefully final discussion of supply piping materials, today let’s talk about the other major forms of materials used. In previous day's blogs I talked about the use of copper, most consider it to be the premium material and it certainly is the most expensive, then there is PEX, the new kid on the block who’s advantages outweigh it’s disadvantages by a considerable margin. PEX is still relatively new and unfamiliar to most of us. There is considerable controversy both code wise...
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To pex or not to pex? That is the question

Posted 05-04-2009 at 06:00 AM by faucetman886

As promised now a discussion of what I believe to be the most controversial form of plumbing piping on the market today…PEX (or crosslinked polyethylene). I say controversial based on the many discussion groups and forums that I read. PEX is discussed probably 10 times more often than any other form of plastic or metal piping as part of a water supply piping system even though it has several advantages over metal pipe (copper, iron, lead) or rigid plastic pipe (PVC, CPVC, ABS) systems. Some local...
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Copper for Plumbing or only for Pennies

Posted 05-01-2009 at 05:56 AM by faucetman886

Over my next few blogs I intend to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the most common materials used for plumbing in homes today. The primary three are copper, steel or plastic with a myriad of choices now on the market in the latter. For today’s discussion I am going to start with copper which for many years has been considered to be the ultimate quality material to use.
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1. Copper is a soft metal known for its pliability so it can bend rather easily and uses less...
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Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinetry....Custom or Prefab?

Posted 04-27-2009 at 04:27 AM by faucetman886

I have, in the past few weeks, written blogs about choosing floor surfaces, backsplashes, countertops, sinks, cutting boards and a myriad of other things to consider when remodeling a kitchen or bathroom. The one thing that I have avoided, until today, is cabinetry and I do so reluctantly for a couple of reasons. Although I don’t put myself forward as a true “expert” on anything I blog about I do carefully research most things so as to supplement the knowledge that I do have and that I have gained...
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How safe is your water?

Posted 04-20-2009 at 05:36 AM by faucetman886

In past blogs I’ve written about plumbing smells and oddly enough those blogs have consistently been the most widely read and commented on and the topic still remains of high interest in the discussion groups and forums that I follow daily. As a follow up on this I would like to address water purity issues and simple ways that you can and should be checking your water source for the safety and health of your family and for the proper maintenance and care of your plumbing system.
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